The Pirates have made the move official, putting Dickerson on the IL with a posterior right shoulder strain. The corresponding move was actually easy, as starting pitcher Jordan Lyles was already set to be activated to start Thursday's game. Instead of having to send someone to the minors, Dickerson hits the IL.
Dickerson, 29, hit .300/.330/.474 (118 OPS+) last season while winning a Gold Glove, posting a career-high 3.8 WAR. In 16 plate appearances this year, he's hit .154 with a home run. He was the Pirates' three-hole hitter in their first three games, so he's obviously an important piece for the club.
While there are more high-profile teams struggling to start the season, don't forget about the Pirates. They're 1-3 after blowing two straight games and losing both in extra innings. They also have an entire outfield on the injured list. Bear in mind the, though a few expected contenders are struggling.
It's only been a week, but it's been a tough week in Pittsburgh.