Dickerson was placed on the Paternity List on Saturday, and on Sunday his wife gave birth to their child, Levi Ross.
The Paternity List is a very short option in MLB, unfortunately, so Dickerson had to be reinstated for Monday’s game.
To make room for him, the Giants designated Justin Smoak for assignment.
ROSTER MOVES:— SFGiants (@SFGiants) September 21, 2020
∙ IF Justin Smoak designated for assignment.
∙ OF Alex Dickerson reinstated from the Paternity List.#SFGiants
Smoak’s tenure with the Giants was short and odd. He was brought on to replace Pablo Sandoval, even though he wasn’t hitting the ball much better than Sandoval.
He went 0-6 in his very brief Giants tenure, striking out twice and grounding into a double play. The Giants clearly preferred their right-handed designated hitter options, even against right-handed pitchers, so Smoak’s time appeared limited.
Smoak has had some success in his career, but ultimately his stint with the Giants will be relegated to a name on a Sporcle quiz that you can’t remember.
As for Dickerson, the Giants will be very happy to get his bat back in the lineup. He’s crushing the ball, hitting .276/.350/.528, and the Giants are scheduled to face three right-handed pitchers in their four-game series against the Rockies.
But more importantly, he has a new member in his family, and it appears child and mother are both healthy. A huge congratulations to the Dickerson family.