The Giants have to be wondering whether one of their biggest finds this season can be relied upon.
Alex Dickerson left Los Angeles for San Francisco to get a cortisone shot for his oblique, Bruce Bochy told reporters Saturday. He had not played since Tuesday, when he chased a pitch and grimaced upon completing the swing.
Dickerson missed the first two weeks of August with a right oblique strain and has not been the threat he was prior, just 7-for-45 (.156) without a home run in the span. Dickerson has been adamant that the oblique issue is separate from the back issue that required surgery and cost him his entire 2017 season — it’s on the other side. He also said he felt healthy upon returning, feeling his oblique soreness had subsided. An MRI came back clean, Bochy told reporters.
The Giants do not want to call it a season for the 29-year-old.
“He needs to play if he can,” Bochy said, according to The Athletic. “… These questions have to be answered before the season’s over.”
The Giants need to evaluate whether a hitter who so energized the lineup in late June and July can be penciled in to the 2020 lineup. Dickerson is entering his second year of arbitration, and while he will not cost much, the Giants are not sure whether they will need another left fielder.
In all with the Giants, Dickerson is slashing .308/.374/.579 in 46 games.