PITTSBURGH — One day after saying Adrian Gonzalez would not start the final game of the Dodgers’ four-game series against the Pirates, Dave Roberts decided to tack on another day off for his first baseman.
Scott Van Slyke gets the start at first today, batting eighth against right-hander Chad Kuhl, who is making his major league debut for the Pirates.
Here’s what Roberts said on the topic of Gonzalez today:
Paul Goldschmidt drove in a run against Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday with this single off the top of the left field wall at Chase Field. A video review confirmed it wasn’t a home run. (Getty Images)
A three-run home run by Scott Van Slyke
, a typical Clayton Kershaw performance, and a historic save by Kenley Jansen
, highlighted a 3-2 Dodgers win in Phoenix
. The Dodgers return home for a six-game homestand tomorrow.
The box score is here.
The Dodgers’ focus on defense is working, somehow, and Frankie Montas is at last a candidate to join the Dodgers’ starting rotation.
Yasiel Puig is hitless in his last 11 plate appearances. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
CHICAGO — Yasiel Puig
is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup for the third straight day because of a left hamstring issue. Puig is able to pinch hit, manager Dave Roberts
said, but presumably would not be allowed to run unless his condition improves.
Scott Van Slyke played six innings at first base and went 0 for 4 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
Van Slyke will rejoin the Dodgers no sooner than June 3, when the team returns home from a seven-game road trip to New York and Chicago, manager Dave Roberts said this afternoon.
Van Slyke, who’s missed the last six weeks with a lower back injury, was scheduled to play nine innings. But he only needed six innings to rack up four plate appearances in tonight’s game, which the Fresno Grizzlies were winning 13-2 at the time Van Slyke was removed.
The Dodgers return from a seven-game road trip to New York and Chicago on June 3 for a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves. That’s the earliest Scott Van Slyke will be back in uniform, manager Dave Roberts said.
Van Slyke, who is batting second and playing first base for Oklahoma City today, figures to remain with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate until then.
“We still want performance, for him to be swinging the bat well,” Roberts said.
Van Slyke hasn’t played since he suffered a lower back injury the first week of the season.