Bruce Bochy said Monday the Giants were “hoping” Alex Dickerson would be able to return Sunday, as soon as he’s eligible to come off the IL.
In an interview with KNBR on Wednesday morning, however, Bochy sung a different tune, saying the left fielder will be out for at least another week after that.
“It’s the oblique and they take a little bit longer than you like,” Boch told Murph & Mac. “I was hoping it would be 10 days, it looks like it’s going to be a little longer than that. We’re probably going to have to extend that at least another week I’m thinking. I’m at the point where I’m going to set my sights a little further out so I don’t get disappointed because you’re right, this guy did so much for this offense.
“He did ignite us. You put him in the heart of the order he’s dangerous. He does damage he can knock in a run, he’s got good discipline, all those things. It’s just unfortunate this man has had to deal with these injuries because he would be putting up pretty good numbers every year.”
Dickerson was also cautious when talking about his return on Tuesday.
“I have no clue to be honest,” Dickerson, with a “mild” strained oblique, told KNBR. “Really won’t know until I get a feel for just how it feels to swing. I’m a couple days away from that.”
Dickerson said he’s feeling better and hadn’t noticed his oblique pulling at him in “three or four days, so that’s a good sign.” Bochy indicated a day prior that Dickerson had started up baseball activity.
“Hoping to be throwing and running [Wednesday] and then I’ll have a better feel for how I am,” said Dickerson, who’s starred since coming over from San Diego, before the Giants hosted the Nationals. “Haven’t really had anything that’s tested it yet.”
Dickerson is eligible to be activated for the finale in the Phillies series, and the Giants could use his bat. He has slashed .386/.449/.773 in 30 games with San Francisco.
Listen to the full interview below. To hear Bochy on Dickerson, start from 7:30.