The Dodgers put Scott Van Slyke on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of lower-back irritation. Van Slyke joined Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford on the team's list of injured outfielders. "He's not going to be available for five to six to seven days," Manager Dave Roberts said. "So it just made sense for us." The injury to Van Slyke, combined with Monday's option of infielder Micah Johnson to triple-A Oklahoma City, opened space on the roster for the return of catcher Yasmani Grandal and infielder Howie Kendrick.
That translates to an 85-win pace over the course of the season, which is below the team's expectations for 2016. But the team went 4-3 last week against a pair of competent teams, the Mets and the Cardinals, and the schedule calls for seven this week against the Angels and the Padres. As always, there is plenty to discuss. As always, you can send me questions on Twitter @McCulloughTimes. The Dodgers had a decent week.
In the wake of Andre Ethier's broken leg, five Dodgers took turns in left field during the first five weeks of the season. As a group, they have been one of the least productive units in baseball, entering Wednesday's game against the New York Mets ranked 26th with a collective .607 Manager Dave Roberts chose Carl Crawford to play left Wednesday. He opted for Crawford, a left-handed hitter, over Trayce Thompson, a right-handed hitter. Thompson hit a walk-off home run Tuesday night, but the Dodgers preferred a left-handed hitter against right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard and his triple-digit fastball.
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts will begin parceling days off to his veteran position players Thursday in San Francisco. He expects to sit left fielder Carl Crawford and may also rest third baseman Justin Turner. Roberts has not decided between Scott Van Slyke or Trayce Thompson as Crawford's replacement. Thompson replaced Crawford in the field in the sixth inning of the first two games of the season, part of the team's plan to keep Crawford's legs fresh. If Turner does not play, Roberts would use Enrique Hernandez or Charlie Culberson at third base.
A CT scan of Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier's right leg revealed a fractured tibia, which will sideline him for 10 to 14 weeks. Ethier passed an initial X-ray after fouling a ball off his shin Friday. But he could not put weight on his leg, and required an additional examination. "Obviously, it was a freakish injury," President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said. The Dodgers planned to use Ethier prominently this season.