The Colorado Rockies could have had a bad day turn even worse on Monday if they had learned that Corey Dickerson was going to be out for an extended period of time. Outfield depth or not, to lose one of their best hitters to yet another injury right now might have been too much to take.
Dickerson, the guy who is getting increased playing time because of the rash of injuries that knocked out Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez, was forced to exit Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to a cramp in his leg. On Monday we learned that everything is OK, with things made even better by the fact that Dickerson felt coming out of the game was unnecessary. As quoted by the Denver Post:
“I didn’t even want to come out; they made me…I wasn’t able to bend my leg for a few innings, and then when I took that swing, I went down on my knee and (my leg) locked up really good,” he said. “I was able to pull out of the cramp. I got it in time, so I shouldn’t even be sore (Monday).”
Dickerson was available and played on Monday. Unfortunately he entered the game as part of the fateful double-switch that inserted Rob Scahill on the mound, something that took away from the excitement just a little bit.
Not surprisingly Dickerson got a hit in his first at-bat of the game. For the season the 25-year-old outfielder is now batting .343/.403/.623 through 60 games. That is flat out mashing the ball, and whether the Rockies are irrelevant or not with the summer wearing on, it will be impossible to justify keeping his bat out of the lineup.
Watching Dickerson hit is now on the short list of my favorite things about the Rockies, so the fact that this was nothing more than a minor ding was a relief. Here’s to many entertaining Dickerson at-bats from here on out, even if it is for a bad Rockies team.