In this afternoon edition of Cup O’ Coffee (iced, preferably) we’ll take a look at the return of a very old friend.
Just in time for a MASSIVE series against the Dodgers is the news of a old, familiar face returning to Petco Park.
The #Padres have optioned RHP Luis Perdomo to Triple-A El Paso, transferred RHP Brett Kennedy to the 60-day IL and selected the contract of OF Alex Dickerson from ELP.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 3, 2019
Alex Dickerson will be returning to the Padres after 2 years on the shelf due to various injuries including back issues and a Tommy John surgery.
So what has Alex been up to since reemerging in El Paso this season? He’s back to fine form: the 28-year-old has been hitting very well with the Chihuahuas (but then again, who hasn’t these days?). Dickerson will be bringing a .360/.462/.593 slash back into the big league club. You’ll have to go a while back to remember his last appearance with the Padres: that was October 2nd, 2016. The Padres would suffer a 3-2 walkoff loss to the Diamondbacks for the last game of that season.
The Padres will now have an absolute glut of outfielders.The addition of Dickerson only compounds the corner outfield positions already manned by Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes, and Wil Myers. One could surmise this would allow Myers to play more center field in a platoon-ish move with Manuel Margot. It could also merely mean Alex will be used much like Ty France as just another hot El Paso bat off the bench.
In any case, any appearance of Alex in these upcoming games should serve as a great story of coming back from almost insurmountable odds. It’s no small feat to make a return to the MLB after so much time lost to injury. Here’s hoping Dickerson finds success once again and perhaps helps the Padres BEAT LA.