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.
Scott Van Slyke played his first rehab game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. He finished 1 for 2 at the plate with a single and a walk, and played seven innings in right field against the San Jose Giants.
The outfielder/first baseman has missed 38 games this season due to a back injury.
Pitcher Yaisel Sierra, the only other player on the Rancho Cucamonga roster today who is on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, exited the game after 3 ⅔ innings due to what the team called an “apparent hand/finger injury.”
SAN DIEGO — Scott Van Slyke‘s long-stalled recovery from a back injury finally has an ending in sight.
The first baseman/outfielder is flying to Los Angeles today after a brief stint at the Dodgers’ extended spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. He’ll then report to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga for the Quakes’ game in Visalia, California.
Van Slyke has played in four games this season and missed 37 since injuring his back in San Francisco April 9. He’s expected to need at least a week’s worth of rehab games before he returns to the Dodgers.
Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke hasn’t played since April 9. (Getty Images)
Scott Van Slyke said Thursday that he expects to be taking batting practice “within a week” after noticing improvement in his lower back in recent days. The outfielder/first baseman was cleared earlier this week to hit off a tee and take swings on short-range tosses.