Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke left Wednesday night's game against the Diamondbacks in the fourth inning with what the Dodgers are calling a mild right ankle sprain, though watching the play in question it seemed anything but mild.
The team says Van Slyke is day-to-day. Postgame X-rays of Van Slyke's ankle were negative, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
Van Slyke was backing up a single by Jordan Pacheco with nobody out in the fourth inning, a ball deflected by Yasiel Puig in center field. Van Slyke caught his right ankle on the grass and appeared to roll it.
SVS with a mild ankle sprain is lucky as hell. pic.twitter.com/qbmgs8w0v0— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) August 28, 2014
Van Slyke immediately crumpled to the ground after fielding the ball, and he had nothing on his throw back to the infield, allowing Alfredo Marte to score and Pacheco to advance to second base.
Van Slyke remained on the ground and was checked by trainer Stan Conte and manager Don Mattingly before ultimately walking off on his own power. Carl Crawford replaced Van Slyke in left field.
The start in left went to Van Slyke because of his numbers against left-handed pitchers this season, and specifically against Wade Miley. In the second inning Van Slyke hit a ball hard up the middle but was robbed of a base hit by a great diving play by Aaron Hill, who threw him out at first. But in the third inning Van Slyke homered, his fourth home run against Miley this season.
Van Slyke against Miley this year is 7-for-11 (.636) with four home runs, three doubles and two walks.