After taking many trips between Triple-A and LA, the Dodgers recalled first baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke and optioned utility man Elian Herrera back to Albequerque.
In 33 games with the Dodgers, Van Slyke is hitting .241 with six home runs and 14 RBIs as he’s filled in for injured outfielder Carl Crawford several times.
Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com was the first to report the transaction:
Scott Van Slyke recalled, Elian Herrera optioned.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 31, 2013
The move was waiting to happen as management wanted to recall Van Slyke last week, but had to wait 10 days before performing the transaction.
With multiple utility players in Jerry Hairston Jr. and Nick Punto, Herrera didn’t fit off the bench as he was used just once as a pinch hitter on Sunday against the Reds.
The addition of Van Slyke will give the Dodgers a big bat off their bench and give Adrian Gonzalez or an outfielder a needed day off as the season gets into the home stretch.
As the trade deadline passed without the Dodgers making a move for a bat off the bench, Van Slyke fills a need for a late-inning option when the team needs an extra-base hit.
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