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Dodgers designate Scott Van Slyke for assignment

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The outfielder hit .167/.196/.315 with two home runs in 27 games for the Dodgers in 2012, including 21 games in the outfield and five games at first base.

Christian Petersen

To make room for the newly acquired Skip Schumaker on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers on Wednesday designated Scott Van Slyke for assignment.

Van Slyke has not yet been outrighted in his career, so if he clears waivers he could be headed for a repeat performance in Triple-A. Players can be outrighted to the minors once in their career without their consent.

Van Slyke hit .167/.196/.315 (9-for-54) in two stints with the Dodgers. His season highlight came on May 20, with a three-run, pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning to lift the Dodgers over the Cardinals 6-5.

He hit .327/.404/.578 with 18 home runs and 34 doubles in 95 games with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2012, and But despite his strong season in Triple-A, Van Slyke was passed over for a September call-up after rosters expanded. Which makes this move not terribly surprising.

Van Slyke won the Branch Rickey Award as the Dodgers minor league player of the year in 2011.