Scott Van Slyke is day-to-day with a lower back injury.

Scott Van Slyke is considered day-to-day one day after leaving the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Giants with a lower back injury.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that the 29-year-old outfielder is “feeling considerably better than he did yesterday.”

Van Slyke isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup and Roberts said he’d prefer to give him the day off entirely. The Dodgers have an off-day Monday prior to their home opener Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Trayce Thompson is starting in left field against Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto.

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Scott Van Slyke leaves game in the third inning with lower back tightness.

Scott Van Slyke

Scott Van Slyke was anointed the Dodgers’ starting left fielder Saturday morning, then left the game after three innings with back stiffness. (Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO >> Scott Van Slyke was removed in the third inning of the Dodgers’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday with lower back tightness.

Van Slyke batted with the bases loaded against Madison Bumgarner and was hit on his left forearm or elbow, driving in a run. But on the previous swing-and-miss, he was seen grimacing, which might have prompted the team to remove him as a precaution.

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Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has a fractured right tibia, out 10-14 weeks.

Andre Ethier

Andre Ethier (right) fouled a ball off his shin Friday. The initial x-rays were negative, but a subsequent MRI revealed a simple fracture in his right fibia. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — An MRI on Andre Ethier‘s right tibia Monday revealed a simple fracture. The veteran outfielder won’t need surgery, but the Dodgers say he will not return for 10 to 14 weeks.

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Video: Dave Roberts on Clayton Kershaw’s five shutout innings against Rockies.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Clayton Kershaw threw five scoreless innings, and a monster home run by Scott Van Slyke led the offense in an 8-4 win over the Rockies today at Salt River Fields.

First baseman Cody Bellinger increased his Cactus League average to .500 with two doubles in two at-bats for the Dodgers (8-2-2). Yimi Garcia and Adam Liberatore each threw a scoreless inning of relief against the Rockies (6-6).

Here’s what Dave Roberts had to say after the game:
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Season in review about nothing: Scott Van Slyke, ‘The Wig Master.’

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Scott Van Slyke’s OPS-plus dipped to 95 from a blistering 157 in 2014. (Associated Press photo)


This is Part 54 of a series in which every member of the 2015 Dodgers has his season juxtaposed with an episode of the greatest sitcom of all-time. Don’t take it too seriously.

Scott Van Slyke, OF/1B

Key stats: .239, 6 HR, 30 RBI in 96 games

Seinfeld episode: “The Wig Master” (Season 7, Episode 19)

Key quote: “I said turn, pimp!”

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