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Alex Dickerson to undergo Tommy John surgery

San Diego Padres v Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 25: Alex Dickerson #1 of the San Diego Padres watches the flight of his two-run home run that would land in the fifth deck in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 25, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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Alex Dickerson, recently diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his left elbow, will undergo Tommy John surgery near the end of March, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports. Dickerson tried to rehab the injury, but he didn’t show improvement. The surgery will likely end his 2018 season.

Dickerson, 27, missed the entire 2017 season due to a bulging disk in his back, undergoing surgery for that as well. Dickerson performed well in 84 games in 2016, batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI across 285 plate appearances.

Dickerson was hoping to earn a spot in the Padres’ crowded outfield, but will now concede that opportunity and hope to turn things around next year.

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