Dickerson strains left shoulder; Chen may go to minors for an outing

Orioles outfielder Chris Dickerson strained his left shoulder during batting practice Wednesday and said he'll get an MRI on Friday if his condition doesn't improve.

"Something didn't feel right. It was kind of like this radiating pain. I didn't really think anything of it besides ouch, and then took a round off and came back and the pain kind of died down a little bit," Dickerson said. "But as I continued to swing, it wasn't getting any better. This game, no sense trying to come out and be a hero. I knew I wasn't going to do anything for the team, especially with how we've been playing, we don't need anybody hurt in there who's not up to 100 percent."


Dickerson was supposed to DH Wednesday and bat eighth.

"Didn't like the way he felt afterwards and decided it'd be best to scratch him. And if he doesn't feel better tomorrow we'll probably get an MRI on it," Showalter said. "He's had some history of some challenges in that area. He's got some experience with it, so we'll see how he feels tomorrow. I'm hoping that it feels better, but I'm gonna kind of lean on him because he's got a lot of experience with what it feels like when it's not right."


Dickerson, 30, has hit .253 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 99 at-bats through 45 games for the Orioles this season. He said he had problems with the left shoulder in 2004, and with his right shoulder after that.

Nolan Reimold filled in for Dickerson on Wednesday and hit a three-run homer.

Two other post-game notes:

** Showalter said he is considering sending Chen back to the minors so that he can pitch once more there during the All-Star break and stay on regular rotation. If sent down Thursday, he'd be eligible to return on July 21 in Texas – the third game after the break. If he isn't sent down, he'd go at least eight – and maybe 10 – days without pitching.

High-A Frederick has a home game on July 15 – which would keep Chen on schedule. Double-A Bowie is on the road and Triple-A Norfolk is on break.

** The Orioles learned after the game that Ross Wolf, who was previously in their system, will pitch against them in Thursday's series finale. Yu Darvish, who had been the scheduled starter, was placed on the disabled list Wednesday.