After setting a franchise record with 13 straight road victories, the Dodgers go for the sweep in Chicago this afternoon with Stephen Fife set to take the mound.
The Dodgers activated Fife from the disabled list after he battled bursitis in his shoulder and optioned Scott Van Slyke back to Albuquerque. Don Mattingly shuffled his rotation yet again so Zack Greinke and Clayton Kerhsaw would both pitch in the upcoming series with the Cardinals.
Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times was the first to break the news about the transaction:
#Dodgers optioned Scott Van Slyke to open a roster spot for Fife.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 4, 2013
Van Slyke has been up and down between LA and Albuquerque several times as the Dodgers opted to send him down instead of cutting ties with erratic reliever Carlos Marmol.
Van Slyke started the past two afternoons in Chicago and was a nice bat in the middle of the lineup. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are imploring a six-man rotation for the first time this season and after Chris Capuano’s performance last night, this could just be a spot start.
This season, Fife is 3-3 with a 2.79 ERA as he looks to help the Dodgers complete the four-game sweep against the Cubs before a tough series next week in St. Louis.
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