The Dodgers got good news on Thursday as outfielder Andre Ethier will avoid the disabled list, for now. Ethier had an MRI on Thursday morning that showed a strain of his left oblique, but the outfielder is day-to-day.
"It's on the better side for a left-handed hitter, the left side," manager Don Mattingly said. "Yesterday we kind of assumed that we would have a DL situation. The docs looked at it and didn't see any swelling. It couldn't be any better."
Ethier, who suffered the injury on a check swing on Wednesday, will not play Thursday night against the Mets.
Van Slyke hit .194/.219/.355 with two doubles and a home run in 17 games in his first stint in the big leagues earlier this season, including a pinch-hit, three-run home run to help beat the St. Louis Cardinals on May 20. But after the home run, Van Slyke was 3-for-22 with six strikeouts and was optioned back to Triple A on June 4.
"He was okay the last time up, but it's more about what we think he can do than any certain thing that we saw. He went down and swung the bat well," Mattingly said. "The thing for me, and what a lot of of our coaches like about Scott is that he makes adjustments. That's what you have to do at this level."
Since rejoining Albuquerque, Van Slyke hit .310/.397/.448 with one home run and five doubles in 15 games. On the season in Triple A, Van Slyke hit .326/.404/.576 with 14 doubles and 10 home runs in 48 games. He didn't play in Wednesday night's game in Memphis.
De Jesus hit .273/.324/.364 in 23 games for the Dodgers, but started just four games since his recall from Albuquerque. De Jesus had become the team's primary pinch hitter, leading the team with 17 plate appearances as a pinch hitter since joining the team on May 19. As a pinch hitter, De Jesus was 3-for-14 with two walks and a sacrifice fly.
Van Slyke starts in right field Thursday night for Ethier. James Loney, after being held out of the lineup for three straight games in San Francisco, is back tonight at first base, hitting cleanup. Mattingly cited Loney's numbers against Chris Young (6-for-17 with two doubles and two walks, .353/.421/.471) as a reason for hitting cleanup in his depleted lineup, though it should be noted that Loney last faced Young in 2009.
|CF||Torres (S)||SS||Gordon (L)|
|RF||Duda (L)||1B||Loney (L)|
|1B||Davis (L)||2B||Kennedy (L)|
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket