Scott Van Slyke was placed on the disabled list April 9 with back stiffness. (Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke will resume baseball activities by the end of this week, possibly Friday, manager Dave Roberts said. Van Slyke hasn’t been able to throw or hit since he was placed on the disabled list April 9 with irritation in his lower back.
Van Slyke projects to return to the Dodgers no sooner than the early part of June, following the completion of his rehab and a few minor league games.
“That’s a best-case scenario for me,” Roberts said.
Van Slyke had one hit, a double, in nine at-bats prior to his injury.
Dodgers outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke still hasn’t resumed baseball activities and is taking longer than expected to recover from his sore lower back.
“Slykey feels better, but as far as baseball activities he’s not really doing a whole lot,” manager Dave Roberts said. “He’s moving around better, he’s out here during batting practice but not taking balls off the bat.”
Roberts added that Van Slyke is still a week away from hitting off a tee or playing catch.
Van Slyke had one hit, a double, in 10 plate appearances when he went on the disabled list April 10. The Dodgers had no intention of placing him on the 60-day disabled list at the time of the injury, but that seems like more of an option today than it did three weeks ago.
In any event, don’t expect Van Slyke to be activated when the Dodgers return home from their Tampa/Toronto road trip a week from tomorrow.
ATLANTA — When Scott Van Slyke hurt his lower back running the outfield in San Francisco, he did not leave the game immediately. He stayed in long enough to bat with the bases loaded against Madison Bumgarner and was hit by a pitch, driving in a run.
That final act of self-sacrifice will have to stand as Van Slyke’s last appearance in a Dodger uniform for a while. His lower back irritation is worse than originally thought, and manager Dave Roberts said that Van Slyke won’t resume baseball activities until next week.
From that point, “to get back to playing with us, it’s a couple, two, three weeks,” Roberts said.
All told, then, the injury could knock out Van Slyke for approximately six weeks.
Van Slyke is one of three Dodger left fielders on the disabled list, along with Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier. Ethier is on the 60-day disabled list and can’t return until June, while Crawford is slated to return Sunday. The Dodgers haven’t discussed moving Van Slyke to the 60-day DL.
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Carl Crawford is set to leave the team for a few days on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Crawford has been doing the full slate of baseball activities for several days and will rejoin the team Sunday in Denver. That’s the earliest he can be activated.
Like Crawford, Scott Van Slyke is nursing a lower back injury. He’s eligible to be activated Monday, but manager Dave Roberts said that won’t happen.
Van Slyke “isn’t doing any baseball activities,” Roberts said. “Doing core work. He feels considerably better. I would assume in the next couple days we’re going to get him back moving around.”
Van Slyke will remain in Los Angeles rather than travel to Atlanta and Denver this week.
Crawford had 3 hits in 11 at-bats to begin the season, a .273 average. Van Slyke was 1-for-9 with a double.
Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke is eligible to return April 25. (Getty Images)
Scott Van Slyke won’t play in the Dodgers’ home opener today against the Arizona Diamondbacks, or any game for the next two weeks. The Dodgers placed the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list with irritation in his lower back, an injury he aggravated playing the outfield Friday in San Francisco.
Van Slyke’s DL stint is backdated to Saturday, so he’ll be eligible to return on April 25, a home game against the Miami Marlins. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Van Slyke should be able to return once his 15 days are up.