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Dodgers activate Scott Van Slyke, place Yasiel Puig on 15-day DL

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Friday activated outfielder and first baseman Scott Van Slyke from the disabled list before their series opener against the Braves on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, after he missed two months with lower back soreness.

The trade off was placing Yasiel Puig on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Puig didn't start the last three games in Chicago, but did pinch hit in each of the last two games. He tested out his hamstring before Friday's game at Dodger Stadium with team trainers.

Van Slyke was on a minor league rehab assignment the last week and a half with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 7-for-31 (.226) with a home run, a double and three walks in eight games. He played three games in right field, two games in left and two games at first base.

He last played on Wednesday for OKC, playing right field against Iowa, going 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a stolen base.

Van Slyke missed 49 games on the disabled list, during which time Dodgers left fielders hit a collective .202/.274/.328.

Van Slyke is 1-for-9 with a double and a hit by pitch in four games with the Dodgers this season, including three starts in left field.

Puig made two trips to the disabled list in 2015, one for each hamstring, missing over a month for each injury. So far this season Puig is hitting just .237/.280/.363 with five home runs and four steals in 53 games.