Orioles outright Dickerson, Dan Johnson to Norfolk

Orioles outright Dickerson, Dan Johnson to Norfolk
October 31, 2013, 4:15 pm
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(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

The Orioles began the retooling of their 40-man roster on Thursday by outrighting first baseman Dan Johnson and outfielder Chris Dickerson to Norfolk.

Dickerson spent more than half the season with the Orioles, but a hamstring injury ended it prematurely. He hit .238 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 56 games.

He was also responsible for perhaps the most exciting win of the season when he hit a three-run home run off Detroit’s Jose Valverde on May 31 to give the Orioles a 7-5 win.

Dickerson, an environmental activist, celebrated by riding his bicycle home through the streets near Oriole Park without being recognized.

Johnson was called up for the last two weeks of the season and was hitless in five at-bats.

The Orioles currently have 37 players on the 40-man, and two on the 60-day disabled list, Manny Machado and Nolan Reimold.

It’s not inconceivable that Dickerson could come to spring training next year on a minor league contract to try and win a spot as a backup outfielder.