Mar 2, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed savior oufielder Scott Van Slyke (77) poses for a picture during the Dodgers photo day at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
The Dodgers are going to call up Scott Van Slyke, a source has confirmed, speaking on condition on anonymity as the move has not been finalized. Presumably this would be to replace Juan Rivera, who was to have an MRI on his left leg today but this is not yet confirmed. Rivera left last night's game after feeling something in his left leg while sliding into third base in the seventh inning.
Van Slyke was hitting .336/.411/.623 with Triple A Albuquerque, with nine doubles and eight home runs in 32 games in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. Van Slyke has started 19 games in right field, four games in left field, and six games at first base with the Isotopes this season.
Van Slyke, 25, was added to the 40-man roster in November.
On Tuesday, manager Don Mattingly said that even with the addition of outfielder Bobby Abreu, who bats left-handed, there is still room on the roster, and a need for right-handed power on the roster.
"We have struggled a little bit offensively against left-handed pitching. I still feel like there's a need for that right-handed bat," Mattingly said.
Now we will get to see whether or not Van Slyke can provide that productive right-handed bat.