"He may even get in the game today."
Utility man Mike Aviles replaced Dickerson in left field and batted ninth. Aviles has played sparingly lately -- making just seven appearances since June 20 -- so the team was far from hesitant to give the 33-year-old a few at-bats before the All-Star break.
"I want Mikey to play [on Sunday], too," Francona said. "I think when Mikey plays a couple games in a row, it's really good for him. And [Ryan] Raburn this way can be available if they bring in a lefty. And he'll play tomorrow, too. So we'll cover our guys going into the break."
Dickerson has gotten off to a fast start at the plate since being acquired in a trade with the Pirates on Monday -- a move sparked by Michael Bourn suffering another hamstring injury. Dickerson has gone 8-for-17 through five games and has at least one hit in each game.
"He's done a really good job. He's been on base a ton," Francona said. "When a guy goes down and somebody fills in and gets hot, it really helps. I think it's two-fold. It's not just Dickerson, [Jason Kipnis] leading off has been just as important."
Alec Shirkey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.