LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke is dealing with inflammation in his right wrist, putting his availability for the National League Division Series in doubt. He won't play in the final two regular season games against the Padres.
"He's in a splint today and tomorrow. We'll find out in those days in between [Sunday and the NLDS] just what he can do," manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday. "This thing is something he's been playing with a little bit, and it crept back up on him again. His lack of success may have something to do with that wrist."
Van Slyke is hitting .239/.317/.383 with six home runs and 14 doubles in 253 plate appearances this season, and just .224/.306/.327 since the All-Star break, including six hits in his last 35 at-bats in September.
Van Slyke got a cortisone shot and hasn't taken batting practice in recent days.
The wrist was also bothering him into the last road trip, and got worst in the last few days.
"He was getting better in San Francisco," Mattingly said. "This is not the first time his wrist has been an issue this year.
"Right now we're trying to get this fire put out, and see if that inflammation goes away."
Van Slyke could find himself on the outside looking in come Friday when NLDS rosters are due, especially if Yasiel Puig shows he is ready in the final two days of the season after getting activated from the disabled list after missing over five weeks. But Mattingly downplayed any NLDS talk still six days away.
"This is a couple days to see what he can do," Mattingly said. "We haven't set any rosters yet."