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Hot-hitting Padres rookie Alex Dickerson leaves game after outfield collision

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Padres rookie outfielder Alex Dickerson left Friday night's series opener against the Reds after a first-inning collision with fellow rookie Travis Jankowski. The two made contact on a ball hit by Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart, which went for a triple. Jankowski was seemingly uninjured and stayed in the game; Dickerson came out with pain in his right hip, replaced by Christian Bethancourt, who is a catcher by trade and has minimal outfield experience, all four games of which have came this season. The reason Bethancourt was called upon is that the Padres had no true outfielders to turn to thanks to the current, temporary construction of their roster which is very much in flux leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline. This severely limits manager Andy Green, should -- goodness forbid -- Bethancourt's services become needed behind the plate for some reason later in the contest.

Coming into the game, Dickerson was riding a four-game home run streak. That is the least of everyone's concerns at this moment, as the focus shifts to hoping the injury is not severe.