Here are a few Pittsburgh Pirates minor league injury updates.
**Alex Dickerson has been activated from the Altoona disabled list and is in tonight's game batting third. Dickerson has been on the DL for about a week with a concussion after being involved in a collision at first base.
Barrett Barnes will be returning to West Virginia soon.
**Barrett Barnes, who has been on the West Virginia DL with a hamstring injury, played a game at Pirate City this afternoon. Barnes had two hits -- a single and a double off Jon Sandfort -- and looked good running the bases. He's played in about 4-5 games so far, and should be returning to West Virginia after a few more games.
**Ryan Beckman underwent Tommy John surgery last June, after going down with an elbow injury in his first start of the 2012 season with Altoona. He's been throwing for about three weeks in games, and today was his first back-to-back outing. That should be his final appearance in extended Spring Training, and the next...
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