Dickerson eager to finish season healthy

Rockies outfielder returns from DL after injury-plagued season

Dickerson eager to finish season healthy

SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Corey Dickerson was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.

Dickerson is coming back from his third DL stint this season. The 26-year-old suffered from plantar fasciitis in his left foot, before enduring two non-displaced rib factures on July 30 against St. Louis, diving for a line drive in left field.

He pinch-hit in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Padres and lined out to second base.

Dickerson said going forward his goal is to finish the season healthy.

"I really want to put together good at-bats," Dickerson said. "I'm not really trying to make up any lost part of the season, it's too late for that. I'm going to try to help win every game that we can."

Dickerson has performed well this year when healthy, hitting .315 in 43 games with five home runs and eight RBIs.

"We weren't sure if he was going to make an appearance before the end of the season," manager Walt Weiss said. "It's good that he's going to get some playing time before we go into the offseason. As a player you always feel a lot better if you have played going into the offseason, as opposed to going into the offseason as an injured player. I think it's important that he is going to be able to get back out there again."

Weiss said there is a possibility that Dickerson could make his way back into the starting lineup Wednesday.

"We want to see him with our own eyes run around out here, again pass the tests we feel he needs to pass," Weiss said. "If he does that, he will probably be able to go tomorrow."

Although the rib injury kept him off the field, Dickerson admits it did allow for more rest for his ongoing plantar fasciitis.

It's been a tough year [for him], it's too bad," Weiss said. "I feel like he really established himself last year as a front-line guy. We were looking for big things and he was too. It's been a very difficult year for him. The plantar fasciitis was really nagging him while playing. It's just a difficult year, but he will be back. He's going to be an impact-player in this league for a long time."

Worth noting

• Despite leaving Monday's 6-4 win in the seventh inning, third baseman Nolan Arenado was back in the lineup for Tuesday. Weiss said that even after Monday's game he was lobbying to play on Tuesday.

"It takes a lot to keep him out of there," Weiss said. "He checked out OK and that's not to say that he may dive tonight and feel something there, but I think he will be good to go. "

• Catcher Nick Hundley was once again out of the lineup for the Rockies with neck stiffness. Rookie Dustin Garneau started at catcher. Weiss said Hundley is still pretty sore, although they don't believe it is anything serious, and is day to day.

• Pitcher Jordan Lyles threw his first bullpen session Tuesday. Weiss said everything checked out fine and added that it is possible Lyles might be able to throw some innings in the offseason. Lyles underwent season-ending toe surgery on June 10.

"I don't know exactly what that looks like right now," Weiss said. "But I think that it would be ideal if we were to get some innings in this winter as opposed to coming into Spring Training without having competed at all."