Riding the wave of a season-best six-game win streak, the Dodgers continued to retool their roster, activating outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke. In a corresponding move, Los Angeles designated light-hitting Luis Cruz for assignment.
Van Slyke was placed on the disabled list with bursitis in his left shoulder June 11th. In five rehab games with minor-league affiliates, Van Slyke was 5-for-19 with a pair of doubles, two walks, and eight strikeouts.
A former minor league batting champ, Van Slyke has been productive in the big leagues this year. Despite logging only 68 at bats, he ranks third on the team with six homers . Only Adrian Gonzalez (10) and Yasiel Puig (7) have hit more round trippers.
The addition of the 6’5”, 250 pound Van Slyke gives the team another deep threat off the bench. He figures to occasionally spell Gonzalez at first and get spot starts in an already crowded outfield.
By designated Cruz for assignment, the Dodgers now have ten days to trade or release him. After hitting .297 a season ago, Cruz began the year as the team’s starting third baseman.
In 2013, Cruz has 15 hits in 118 at bats, good for a .127 average; Cruz went hitless in his last 12 at bats. In 555 career at bats, Cruz has a .240 average with seven home runs and 52 runs batted in.
Carl Crawford, another outfielder, is likely to return in two weeks. Crawford was placed on the disabled list with hamstring problems. Upon Crawford’s return Van Slyke will likely be sent back down to Triple-A Albuquerque.
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