It was announced late Friday night that San Francisco Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson had tested positive for COVID-19.
On Friday, Major League Baseball announced that the San Francisco Giants game against the San Diego Padres was postponed. A player on the Giants had tested positive for COVID-19, but the hope was that only two games, the contests on Friday and Saturday, would have to be pushed back.
Later that night, the player was named. Outfielder Alex Dickerson had tested positive.
Dickerson has been a key piece in the Giants’ surprising 2020 campaign. He has produced a .268/.341/545 batting line with eight homers and five doubles. Dickerson currently ranks third on the Giants in homes and fourth in OPS+.
He has been on a hot streak at the plate as of late. After a slow start to the season, Dickerson has put together an excellent .423/.483/1.038 batting line in his last 29 plate appearances, hitting four homers and four doubles.
If Dickerson is lost for any length of time, it would be a blow to the Giants postseason hopes. They are currently in possession of the eighth seed in the National League, holding a 1.5 game lead over the Rockies and Brewers for that final spot.
San Francisco does have options. Mike Yastrzemski can move around the outfield, allowing either Mauricio Dubon or the resurgent Darin Ruf to receive playing time. However, Dickerson’s powerful bat will still be missed in the lineup. When he has been healthy, he has displayed the potential to be a difference maker and a solid run producer.
Alex Dickerson has been named as the San Francisco Giants player to test positive for COVID-19. Hopefully, this is a false positive and he will be back in the lineup soon.