BOS@BAL: Brooks Robinson honored with a statue

BALTIMORE -- Legendary third baseman Brooks Robinson attended the Orioles' 6-1 win Wednesday over the Rangers.

During the game, the center-field scoreboard showed Robinson in his suite, and fans took notice with a loud cheer. He responded with a smile and wave.

The fans weren't the only ones who were paying attention, though. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he noticed Robinson up on the big screen between innings and stopped what he was doing to watch.

"There's always a special significance," Showalter said of Robinson's visits. "Brooks is one of the real treasures of baseball, let alone the Orioles. "

The manager even took extra time in his postgame press conference to relay a story about him and Robinson. Showalter was looking for a home in the area and ran into Robinson walking down the street with Robinson's wife.

"It was like I had known him for 100 years," Showalter said of the encounter and ensuing conversation. "Then it started raining and his wife was trying to get him to go inside, and he goes, 'Nah, I'm talking to the manager of the Orioles, we can stay out here and get wet.'

"He's special; we're lucky to have him show up here. To think that Brooks Robinson thought the most important thing today was come watch us play, that's pretty cool. If we'd have played bad [Wednesday], that would have been a really tough thing to live with."

Dickerson participates in pregame workouts Thursday

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BALTIMORE -- Chris Dickerson, a late scratch with a strained shoulder Wednesday, said he felt fine Thursday.

Dickerson took part in pregame workouts and said if that went well, the team would scrap the MRI it had scheduled for Friday.

"It's considerably better in the swing today," Dickseron said. "It wasn't that serious. Just went home and did some work with a neuromuscular specialist, and it's much better today."

Dickerson said he injured the shoulder on the last swing of his first round of batting practice Wednesday. He took the next round off, but then finished up batting practice as usual. When he iced his shoulder, it stiffened up, and it became clear he couldn't play that night.

"I knew it wasn't that bad, it was just something I couldn't play with after the last two rounds of BP. ... The movements and the strength is much better [Thursday]. We're going to see how baseball activities go. Throwing should be interesting, but hitting should be much better."

Dickerson received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder Thursday and took some dry swings. Manager Buck Showalter said he's available in some capacities, but he wants to see how Dickerson throws before calling him a "full-go."

Dickerson said he had a problem with his left shoulder in 2004, and he's also had more serious troubles with his right shoulder.

Worth noting

• Steve Johnson (oblique) threw batting practice Thursday in Sarasota, Fla. Showalter said Johnson was tired afterwards, but he otherwise didn't get any negative reports.

• Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop (strained lower back) went 0-for-2 with a walk Thursday in his first rehab game with the Orioles' Gulf Coast League team. Showalter said he'll likely be there about a week, and then he could be ticketed for Triple-A Norfolk.

• Eric Thames (hand), recently acquired in a trade with Seattle, is "getting close," Showalter said. He's taking batting practice and should be activated soon.