Dickerson says he's ready

Today is the first day of the rest of the season. Well, that means only six more games including Tuesday I guess.

It appears that OF Chris Dickerson could make an appearance before it’s over. Dickerson hasn’t played since Aug. 25 because of a severely sprained left ankle. Manager Dusty Baker said Dickerson could be activated soon but will likely be limited to pinch-hitting and pinch-running.

“There isn’t much of a chance he’ll be in the field again,” Baker said. “We can use him in situations. He worked hard to get back to this point. With the amount of time he spent on the DL, he didn’t want to end the season on the DL.”

While the Reds were on the road last week, Dickerson worked out with the baseball team at Xavier University to shag flies, run and other activity. He also went over to the University of Cincinnati to do conditioning and throwing.

“It was basically a big week of working out at the area’s fine institutes of higher learning,” Dickerson said.

Dickerson had the rarity of wearing a dirty uniform after batting practice. He was practicing sliding for his final test before being activated.

“Fortunately, I passed,” he said. “I expressed my wanting to come back on  Monday and Tuesday and really didn’t get much of a response. I’m ready to go.”

It makes sense not starting or playing Dickerson a ton the final week. Unlike Jay Bruce, Dickerson didn’t have a chance at a rehab assignment since the minor league season is over.

“We’ll take a look at him and determine what I see,” Baker said. “I know he’s hated being on the DL.”

The big question is how Dickerson will fit into the 2010 plans? Left field? Center field? Role player? Baker has said in the past he still high on his upside but Drew Stubbs’ arrival added some competition.

Reds lineup:

Taveras 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Balentien 7
Hernandez 2
Bailey 1

The Reds defense has a .985 fielding percentage that’s ranked eighth in the National League. Assuming it remains there, it would be a new franchise record for a non-strike season. (It’s been .984 six times, most recently in 2007).

Entering tonight, Reds relievers have posted a 1.09 ERA (4 ER, 33 IP) over the last 13 games. ERA can be a very deceiving number for relievers but that’s still pretty, pretty good.

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