The Indians acquired minor league outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
Although Dickerson has spent time with the Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles, he’d spent this season to date with the Pirates Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis, where he’d batted .309 (eighth best in the International League) and owned a .407 on-base percentage (third in I.L.).
To make room on the roster, the Indians designated veteran reserve catcher George Kottaras for assignment. All of the moves over the last two days were necessitated by yet another problem with Michael Bourn’s lingering hamstring issues.
The Indians veteran centerfielder has battled hamstring problems since the end of last season. Off-season surgery appeared to help initially, but Bourn suffered more issues toward of end of spring training in March and again twice already this season.
When an MRI test revealed Bourn’s injury to be worse than he and the club had hoped – a mild to moderate strain that will require at least three-to-four weeks recovery time – coupled with back-up Nyjer Morgan’s knee (PCL) strain still bothering him to the point where he’s seeking a second opinion by a California doctor, the Indians went out and picked up Dickerson.
Dickerson arrived at Progressive Field a few hours before game time Monday as the Indians and Yankees were preparing to kick off a three-game series. As he dressed for batting practice, Dickerson said his contract with the Pirates included an out clause coming up next week on July 15.
“Christmas came early,” said Dickerson, whom manager Terry Francona put ninth in the lineup and in left field.
With Dickerson in left, usual left fielder Michael Brantley moved to centerfield in Bourn’s absence.