Dickerson, Blackmon vying for time in center

Dickerson, Blackmon vying for time in center

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Corey Dickerson doubled off the bench in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the White Sox. His bid for a left-handed center-field spot, which would include somewhat regular starts, appears statistically to be somewhere between hard to deny and not to be denied.

Charlie Blackmon went 0-for-1 and is hitting .224 this spring. His best shot is a track record -- a .291 average in 151 games over three seasons.

Not only has Dickerson hit, but he has proven he is serviceable in center field. Last season, he made the plays, but at times looked awkward at all the outfield positions. That included 15 games, including 12 starts, in center. He has been smooth defensively throughout the spring.

"He's worked really hard on his defense," Weiss said. "We saw him play out in center field last year. He handled it, so I don't see him as someone who's deficient. He's worked very hard to make himself at the very least a serviceable defender."

Weiss said it's possible the club will announce its final 25-man roster decisions on Wednesday.

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