The move would come as no surprise. The Dodgers wouldn’t move Van Slyke from first base to both corner outfield positions –- right field on Tuesday, left field on Wednesday — if they weren’t getting him ready to give Andre Ethier and/or Carl Crawford a day off.
The Dodgers would have to make a roster move to add Van Slyke to the 40-man roster. Since he’s not on the 40-man, the Dodgers would technically be selecting his contract rather than recalling him from Triple-A. Moving Chad Billingsley, who’s out for the season following Tommy John surgery, from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list would do the trick.
If there’s more to report, we’ll have it here.
Some bullet points for a Friday morning:
• April Dodger Pride award winners: Pitcher Chris Withrow and Van Slyke (Albuquerque); pitcher Zach Lee and outfielder Joc Pederson (Chattanooga); pitcher Michael Thomas and first baseman O’Koyea Dickson (Rancho Cucamonga); pitcher Carlos Frias and catcher Tyler Ogle (Great Lakes).
• Matt Kemp is scheduled to visit children at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. The visit was arranged personally through MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Development and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.
• Vin Scully tells Channel 11 News: “sooner or later I’m going to pack it in … there will be an answer coming up in a few months.”
• I think the point of this article is that MLB should investigate the recent decrease in African-American pitchers and catchers.
• UC Berkeley scientists believe they have identified the area of the brain that allows hitters to track pitches.
• These sarcastic scouting reports from SBNation.com made me laugh.
• This did not.
• Embedding doesn’t work on this blog for the moment. Don’t worry, I’ve got an internet guy on it. This song “Sleepless” has a serious J Dilla thing going on, but you’ll have to click here to hear it in a pop-out window.