LOS ANGELES -- Alex Dickerson helped briefly turn the season around in June and July, but as the Giants head to a disappointing end, they're unsure of exactly when they'll get the slugging outfielder back. 

Dickerson was sent back to San Francisco to get a cortisone injection in his troublesome right oblique. MRIs have come back clean, but Dickerson still feels discomfort and has shown it on some swings. He had not played in three straight games heading into Saturday's game at Dodger Stadium.

Dickerson is hitless in his last 18 at-bats and is batting just .152 over his past 17 appearances. The Giants have just 21 games left and are no longer in the race, but manager Bruce Bochy said that shouldn't lead anyone to believe Dickerson is being shut down for the year. He still would like to see Dickerson out there, and the Giants do still have some evaluating to do. 

Overall, Dickerson has been a huge positive. He was a game-changer for the lineup when he got hot, but he has not been able to stay on the field. That's been his issue throughout his carer. Bochy said the Giants would look into what they could do in the offseason to help with conditioning or a strengthening program.

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"These are questions that have to be answered when the season is over, so we can get the best out of a guy that is, I think, a really good hitter," Bochy said.