The Los Angeles Dodgers snap a six-game losing streak after defeating the San Diego Padres 1-0.
The Dodgers now go on to face the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays for five days. Unfortunately, hoping to have Scott Van Slyke on the trip is not going to happen. Van Slyke has been on the DL list since April 12 after tweaking his back.
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Van Slyke has not been cleared to do any baseball activities, and is expected to be out another month.
“I’d say from the point he starts, to get back to playing with us, it’s a couple two, three weeks,” Manager Dave Roberts told L.A. Times writer Andy McCullough.
This puts Van Slyke’s return sometime in early June. Manager Dave Roberts spoke about the teams decision to push back Van Slyke’s return and who the designated hitter will be for the upcoming road trip.
“Just in talking to (the training staff) and seeing (Van Slyke), he’s coming around better, but to even see him play catch or hit off a tee, we’re still a week from that,” Roberts said.
As for who will be the designated hitter on the upcoming trip, Roberts had mentioned Howie Kendrick at one point, but said he remains undecided.
“I will talk to guys like Adrian and Justin Turner and see how they’re feeling,” Roberts said. “On the flight we’ll have conversations and I will lay it out.”
The Dodgers will have a day off Monday and will face the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday May 3. Fortunately, with a win over the Padres on Sunday it’s a happy flight, especially since the Dodgers maintained first place in the NL West.
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