Injury Notes: Barrett Barnes, Alex Dickerson, Ryan Beckman

Here are a few Pittsburgh Pirates minor league injury updates.

**Alex Dickerson has been activated from the Altoona disabled list and is in tonight’s game batting third. Dickerson has been on the DL for about a week with a concussion after being involved in a collision at first base.

Barrett Barnes will be returning to West Virginia soon.
Barrett Barnes will be returning to West Virginia soon.

**Barrett Barnes, who has been on the West Virginia DL with a hamstring injury, played a game at Pirate City this afternoon. Barnes had two hits — a single and a double off Jon Sandfort — and looked good running the bases. He’s played in about 4-5 games so far, and should be returning to West Virginia after a few more games.

**Ryan Beckman underwent Tommy John surgery last June, after going down with an elbow injury in his first start of the 2012 season with Altoona. He’s been throwing for about three weeks in games, and today was his first back-to-back outing. That should be his final appearance in extended Spring Training, and the next step will probably be to one of the full season teams.

Beckman had surgery a day before Charlie Morton underwent the same procedure, so the two recovered together, and after a four month break they also threw together in the first part of their rehab work. Beckman said he feels good now, and said his stuff has been feeling good.

“I’m really surprised at how well it felt,” Beckman said of his stuff. “Even back when me and Charlie first started playing catch after the four months that we took off, I was surprised at how a lot of people go ‘You’re not going to know where the ball is going, and that’s fine’ — but we seemed to play catch pretty easily.”

Eventually I’d expect Beckman to join Altoona, since that’s where he was last year. He could go to Bradenton first to ease back into games. He’s been working with his sinker/slider combo, and mixing in some changeups. Today the sinker was in the upper 80s and he had a quick 1-2-3 inning. In the past he’s gotten his sinker up to the low 90s, which is impressive since his sinker also has a lot of movement coming from a sidearm delivery.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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