Dickerson update and postgame Showalter

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Dickerson has “a slight strain around his right Achilles” and is considered day-to-day, according to manager Buck Showalter.

Dickerson tried to plant his foot in the soft grass to avoid running into Conor Jackson in the eighth inning and had to leave the game.

Showalter said outfielder Trayvon Robinson is close to returning. Robinson felt more discomfort in his lower back today while taking batting practice.

The line drive that hit Jair Jurrjens in the right ribcage knocked the wind out of him.

Showalter didn’t get much of a chance to critique Jurrjens, who faced only seven batters.

“I would have loved to have seen him pitch deeper,” Showalter said.

Showalter said it’s possible that Jurrjens could pitch Friday or Saturday if X-rays are negative and the pain subsides. Jurrjens only threw 21 pitches.

Showalter still hasn’t named a starter for Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, who are sending David Price to the mound. It’s going to be a minor leaguer from Twin Lakes Park.

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