The Los Angeles Dodgers have had their fair share of injuries this season to a variety of players.
One player that has yet to miss time due to injury is outfielder Scott Van Slyke. On Wednesday night, the 28-year-old was removed early from the game after rolling his ankle retrieving a ball that caromed off Yasiel Puig. Luckily for Van Slyke, x-rays were negative and it was deemed a mild ankle sprain that would leave him day-to-day.
According to ESPN.com, Van Slyke had something to blame for his injured ankle:
They’ve got bad grass here,” he said.
Here refers to Chase Field in Arizona where the Dodgers were playing the second game of a two-game set. While the play could happen anywhere, apparently the right-handed slugging outfielder believes that the playing surface wasn’t proper.
He also went on to discuss the injury briefly:
That side of my ankle’s loose, so I think it will be all right,” he said. “I think it just went further than it normally does.”
The injury looked similar to the one that Carl Crawford sustained at Dodger Stadium earlier in the season. Crawford didn’t blame the grass for his injury, even though it led to a disabled list stint.
Van Slyke was injured after he had already hit a home run in the game off Wade Miley. It was his 10th home run of the season and fourth off the left-handed Miley. In 80 games for the Dodgers, Van Slyke is hitting .267 with 21 RBIs against mostly left-handed pitching. If Van Slyke is forced to miss more time, the Dodgers are in a good position with the rosters expanding in three days. Outfielder Joc Pederson will likely be promoted to provide more depth.
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