Saturday was a good day for the Giants and a good day for Alex Dickerson.
Hours before the Giants’ 3-1 victory over the Phillies at Oracle Park, Bruce Bochy said he did not have a timetable for the outfielder’s return, still awaiting Dickerson to go through his baseball activities for the day.
After the game, Bochy had some good news.
“I think we’re looking at maybe Tuesday, maybe playing a game in Sacramento,” Bochy said after Jeff Samardzija tossed eight strong innings and the offense did just enough. “We’ll see where we’re at with him. Good day for him today. Swung the bat, didn’t feel anything. Looks like he turned the corner.”
Dickerson has been out since July 30 and is eligible to be activated Sunday, though the Giants have cautioned that won’t happen. It’s unclear how long Dickerson’s rehab assignment will be, but it likely will be short.
The Giants offense has missed him, scoring 32 runs in 10 games this month (only three of which have been Giants wins).
Before his oblique strain — which Dickerson has emphasized is separate from the back surgery that cost him the 2017 season — the pickup from the Padres was slashing .386/.449/.773 in 30 games with San Francisco.