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Dickerson left Saturday's spring training game after the second inning due to a tight lower back, the Denver Post reports.

Dickerson was scheduled to travel to play in Colorado's spring training game in Mexico on Sunday, but he may not make the trip if his back is sore. It's not thought the injury is serious enough to put his Opening Day status in doubt, but watch his progress.

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Dickerson has been routinely slotting into the second spot in the Rockies' lineup during Cactus League play, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

While Dickerson figures to move down in the order against left-handed pitching, his favorable positioning ahead of Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Nolan Arenado in the lineup should lend itself to plenty of run-scoring opportunities for the outfielder. Though his lack of success on the basepaths last season (8-for-15 on steal attempts) doesn't reflect it, Dickerson possesses enough speed and on-base skills to thrive as a No. 2 hitter, and with plenty of power to boot. With a guaranteed role heading into the season along with a cushy lineup spot, Dickerson should be poised to replicate his 2014 breakout.

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Dickerson is in line to open the upcoming season as the Rockies' regular left fielder, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

When injuries to Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer opened up a regular lineup spot last season, Dickerson took full advantage, batting .312/.364/.567 with 24 homers, 76 RBI, and eight stolen bases across 478 plate appearances. The allure of a full-time role in 2015 has Dickerson holding down a high spot on fantasy draft boards, but there's still a chance he or Charlie Blackmon could fall into a platoon with Drew Stubbs, given both outfielders' unimpressive career numbers against lefty pitching. That being said, any at-bats Dickerson may lose against lefty pitching or struggles he may have when used in such scenarios should be mostly negated by playing half his games at Coors Field, which will likely enable him to uphold a lofty batting average once again.

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Dickerson has returned to his native Mississippi to witness the birth of his child and will not play in the Rockies' remaining two games, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Though Dickerson will fall short of qualifying for a top-five finish in batting average in the National League, he'll still finish with a delightful numbers on the campaign. After an early-season demotion, Dickerson rejoined the Rockies in mid-April and never stopped hitting, finishing with a .312 batting average, .364 OBP, 24 homers and 76 RBI. While his production against left-handed pitching and his outfield defense are still areas where he could stand to improve, Dickerson should enter 2015 with a full-time role in hand, giving him a fair chance of replicating this season's numbers.

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Dickerson is out of the lineup Friday against the Dodgers.

Dickerson is coming off a 3-for-4 night at the plate Wednesday, but will get an extra day off Friday. Drew Stubbs will start in center field, while Charlie Blackmon will slide over from center to play left in his place.

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Dickerson went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Padres.

The three-hit night helped Dickerson boost his season batting average to .312, a mark that would be good for fourth in the National League if he were eligible for the batting title. Dickerson is still 24 plate appearances shy of the 502 needed for eligibility, and with only three games remaining for the Rockies, it seems unlikely he'll qualify.

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Dickerson is out of the lineup Tuesday.

Brandon Barnes will spell Dickerson in left field against lefty Robbie Erlin and the Padres. Dickerson has been a semi-regular for the Rockies for much of the season, and his numbers have remained excellent. However, his platoon splits (.253 average against lefties/.323 average against righties) could limit his at-bats to fewer than 500 in 2015, and his .349 BABIP should also give owners reason to pause when analyzing his tantalizing .308/.361/.565 slash line.

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Dickerson went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

With the home run, Dickerson's 24th of the season, he was able to overtake the injured Troy Tulowitzki for the team lead. After entering the campaign with some uncertainty regarding his role with the Rockies, Dickerson will have a regular starting job earmarked for him in 2015. He's slashing an incredible .312/.366/.574 over 465 plate appearances.

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Dickerson is out of the lineup Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

With lefty Vidal Nuno on the mound for the Diamondbacks, Dickerson and Charlie Blackmon will give way to Brandon Barnes and Drew Stubbs, respectively. Dickerson, who is hitting .309, is still 47 plate appearances shy of qualifying for a top-10 finish among the NL batting leaders, and Thursday's day off certainly won't help him in that regard.

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Dickerson went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI in Tuesday's win over the Dodgers.

With Troy Tulowitzki's season coming to a premature end, there's an argument to be made for Dickerson as the team's MVP. The 25-year-old has been an extra-base machine for the Rockies, compiling 27 doubles, five triples and 23 homers while batting .307 overall. If he can pick up 52 more plate appearances before the end of the season, he'll have a good shot at joining teammate Justin Morneau as a top-five finisher on the NL batting average leaderboard.