Skip Schumaker passed his physical and was officially added to the Dodgers’ roster today. Scott Van Slyke was designated for assignment to make room for Schumaker on the 40-man roster, likely ending his brief time as a Dodger.
Van Slyke, the son of former major-leaguer Andy, actually spent eight years in the Dodger organization. He didn’t reach the majors until Year 8, however, when he appeared in 27 games between May 9 and July 8 of this year. The highlight came in a May 20 game against the St. Louis Cardinals, when Van Slyke hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, the game-winning hit in a 6-5 Dodgers win. (Coincidentally, Schumaker started that game in center field and hit a two-run triple off Chad Billingsley.)
Unfortunately for Van Slyke, he didn’t do enough after that to stick in the majors. By the time Matt Kemp‘s hamstring eventually came around, Van Slyke had been passed on the outfield depth chart by Elian Herrera. He finished with a .167 average (9-for-54) and two home runs.
Van Slyke was named the Branch Rickey Organizational Player of the Year in 2011, when he batted .348 with 20 home runs and 92 RBIs for Double-A Chattanooga. In eight minor league seasons, Van Slyke has a .290 batting average.
In today’s rich-getting-richer news: The Dodgers are getting $11.7 million over the next three seasons from the Boston Red Sox, according to CBS Boston.