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SF Giants place Alex Dickerson on IL, recall Mauricio Dubón

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 05: Alex Dickerson #12 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he hit a pinch hit solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the eighth inning at Oracle Park on July 05, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 05: Alex Dickerson #12 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he hit a pinch hit solo home run against the San Francisco Giants in the bottom of the eighth inning at Oracle Park on July 05, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SF Giants, Mauricio Dubon
CINCINNATI, OH – MAY 19: Mauricio Dubón #1 of the SF Giants bats against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 19, 2021. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The SF Giants placed outfielder Alex Dickerson on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain and recalled utilityman Mauricio Dubón from Triple-A on Saturday. Dickerson injured his hamstring running the bases in the 11th inning of the Giants 3-2 victory over the Dodgers on Friday.

The SF Giants placed Alex Dickerson on the injured list.

Dickerson has been a staple in the Giants lineup since he was acquired from the San Diego Padres in a trade during the 2019 season. Since joining the Giants, Dickerson has hit .266/.333/.492 with 29 home runs in 645 plate appearances, primarily against right-handed pitching. However, after mashing at the plate in 2019 and 2020, Dickerson has taken a significant step back this season. Before his injury, Dickerson had blasted 13 home runs on the season but was hitting a pedestrian .235/.303/.426 across 103 games.

While Dickerson has struggled, the Giants have added multiple other outfielders that have seemed to pass him on the depth chart. With just one more year of team control remaining before he becomes a free agent, it was already worth wondering if Dickerson’s time in San Francisco could be coming to an end soon. Now on the injured list for at least 10 days, the left-handed corner outfielder will lose valuable opportunities to bounce back.

Dubón, similarly to Dickerson, was acquired in a trade during the 2019 season and looked like a core piece of the Giants outfield heading into 2021. However, a slow offensive start alongside the emergence of other players has left him oscillating between Triple-A and MLB this season. The 27-year old righty, capable of playing center field and shortstop, has hit just .230/.267/.366 this season at the MLB level. In 47 games at Triple-A, though, Dubón is hitting .326/.407/.453 with just 31 strikeouts and 23 walks in 209 plate appearances.

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After Alex Dickerson strained his right hamstring on Saturday, the SF Giants will be without the corner outfielder for at least 10 days. Versatile utility man Mauricio Dubón will take his place on the big-league roster for now.

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