Friday, May 10, 2013

Van Slyke is back, Herrera sent packing

The Dodgers made a move on Friday to try to do SOMETHING with their horrific offense, promoting Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque.  The recently recalled Elian Herrera is the odd man out.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Van Slyke, Chad Billingsley, out for the season with Tommy John surgery, has been transferred to the 60-day DL.

This might seem like a minor move, but when you see Van Slyke's awesome numbers down on the farm, there's something to get excited about.  In 34 games, he's hitting .397 with 9 homers and 30 RBIs.  He also has a whopping .503 OBP.  Good Lord, Don Mattingly should put him in the cleanup spot right away!

Seriously, hit him at cleanup.  Why the heck not?

For now, though, Van Slyke can expect to see time at first and as a corner outfielder.  All kidding aside, I do think he'll get his chances.  The Dodgers are so desperate for any sort of power and spark at the plate, he needs to get opportunities to prove his worth.  With Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford banged up, and with Andre Ethier terrible, expect to see his name etched into the lineup and soon.  And that's a good thing.

No offense to Herrera, but he stinks.  So the Dodgers won't miss him at all.

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