Daily Distractions: Are the Dodgers bringing up Scott Van Slyke today?

Scott Van SlykeScott Van Slyke has been promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque, but the Dodgers haven’t announced it yet, tweets Rob Rains.

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.

• Analyzing Dee Gordon‘s six days with the Dodgers.

• 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.

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