Scott Van Slyke became the latest to join the ranks of the wounded Tuesday, when an MRI exam revealed bursitis in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Van Slyke received a cortisone injection and said he should be ready to return to the lineup once the 15 days are up.
Outfielder Alex Castellanos was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque prior to Tuesday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Skip Schumaker got the start in left field with Andre Ethier in center and Yasiel Puig in right.
“After I slid and hurt my neck and shoulder a little bit, it got worse the last couple days,” said Van Slyke, who suffered the injury diving in pursuit of a fly ball hit by the St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina on May 25.
He missed two of the next four games to let the pain in his neck subside. But the shoulder was clearly affecting Van Slyke at the plate; since hitting his last home run June 5, Van Slyke was 1 for 13.
“I started cutting my swing off and being careful at the plate the last four days,” he said. “Being the lead shoulder in my swing, it was limiting how hard I could swing.”
Van Slyke has only played 24 games this season, but he already ranks second on the team to Adrian Gonzalez with six home runs. Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig (four home runs in eight games) manned the third and fourth spots in the Dodgers’ lineup Tuesday, while the other seven players had combined to hit 11 home runs this season.
“I’m hoping I’m going to replace that with Hanley (Ramirez) and Matt (Kemp),” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “The last probably few games (Van Slyke) hasn’t been very good, and that’s because of the shoulder. What we got early was good. You could tell it changed his swing.”