If you've been following my daily lineup notes, you probably noticed that Alex Dickerson had been out of the lineup for about a week. The first baseman wasn't a red shirt, and finally returned to game action today.
"Now I'm feeling real good," Dickerson said of the stiffness. "It was rough for a couple of days. Just kind of locked up, and then after we worked on it, released the joint and I felt a lot better."
Dickerson was out because of a back problem, with his side joint locking up. He's had a lot of back problems in the past, dating back to before he was drafted by the Pirates. He didn't have this specific problem until last year. He had it in the first half last year, then his back started to loosen up after the All-Star break. It may or may not be coincidence that he hit for a .289 average and a .766 OPS before the break, and a .301 average and an .837 OPS after the break. He also had nine homers in 256 at-bats after the brea...
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