R.A. Dickey, who partially tore the plantar fascia in his right heel at Wrigley Field last week, will make his start as scheduled Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Terry Collins had expressed concern about Dickey’s ability to cover first base and otherwise field his position with the injury lingering.
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Collins signed off on Dickey proceeding with the start after the knuckleballer did some early work on the field Monday.
"You try to emulate some of the movements that you have over the course of a baseball game," Dickey said. "I was able to do those without any hindrance. ... It's tough to do a spur-of-the-moment game energy type of movement. But, at the same time, I feel comfortable that it's going to be fine having done what I did today."
Any discomfort, Dickey said, will be tolerable.
"With the type of injury I have, it's just going to take a while for that torn tendon to scar down, but it's definitely something you can play through," Dickey said.
Immediately after the injury forced him to leave last Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, Dickey explained that he believed first baseman Daniel Murphy would cover the bag on Kosuke Fukudome’s grounder to second, then noticed the responsibility would be his for manning first.
"I kind of froze," Dickey said. "And then when I saw Murphy go to get the ball it kind of took me by surprise and I started up again. And when I did I felt a real intense burning sensation in my heel and involuntarily just went down. ... It's like I stepped on a railroad tie upside down, like a spike."