Chris Dickerson has nearly 500 big league at-bats to his name. He’s not a typical September call-up getting his feet wet. He’s been at this level, and he’s hit .276/.362/.426 in his career against right-handers.
With the Yankees, though, Dickerson’s hardly seen a bit of playing time beyond late-inning defense. He’s a left-hander in an left-heavy outfield, but last night he got his first start since the end of July and had two hits including a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez.
“The last live pitch I saw was two weeks ago,” he said. “Especially with him on the mound, you just have to jump on a fastball, and that’s what I was able to do.”
What’s he done to stay sharp?
“I think it’s just a matter of keeping a routine,” he said. “Just doing the same thing, make sure you’re getting your work in. Luckily, the month I got sent down I was able to play every day and really work on some things. It just came to a point where, every time you go down, you just keep on working on something and working on something, and kind of have the outlook that the minor leagues, it’s about having success, but it’s more about development.
“I just took those at-bats and put my swing back together, and luckily I found something that stuck so it was just a matter of coming in every day, and it was just about maintenance. Just coming in with Kevin and doing our drills, doing the same routine every day. When you’re on the bench, that’s a process to evaluate what they’ll try to try to do to you and how you’re going to approach every at-bat. It’s mental, but you just have to get in there and be aggressive.”