Orioles purchase Dickerson's contract

Orioles purchase Dickerson's contract
September 6, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Baltimore Orioles' Chris Dickerson follows through on a three-run walkoff home run to defeat the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 31, 2013, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 7-5.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

BALTIMORE – Seeking to add to their outfield depth, the Orioles purchased the contract of Chris Dickerson from Norfolk.

To make room for Dickerson on the roster, they designated infielder Alex Liddi for assignment.

Dickerson was with the Orioles for three months this season, batting .245 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 46 games. He was designated for assignment on July 19, and when the Orioles were unable to work out a trade, accepted an assignment to Norfolk.

He batted .243 in 37 games with Norfolk.

With Steve Pearce’s return looking increasingly unlikely, the Orioles were eager to add to their outfield depth. Manager Buck Showalter said that Pearce will receive a cortisone injection on his left wrist.

Showalter said on Thursday that he hoped Pearce could return next week, he admitted on Friday that wasn’t going to happen, but said he hoped the outfielder could play again this season.

Liddi, an Italian native, was acquired on July 6 from Seattle, but never played for the Orioles.

Dickerson’s addition gives the Orioles 34 active players.