The Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 10-day disabled list and optioned infielder/outfielder Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
González, who was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career on May 5 with right elbow soreness, appeared in two rehab games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, going 3-for-6 (.500) with one run, two doubles and two RBI. In 29 games with the Dodgers this season, González has hit .255 (24-for-94) with six runs, five doubles and 11 RBI. Prior to his stint on the disabled list, Gonzalez had played 1,833 games without a trip to the DL, which was the most among active players.
Van Slyke has appeared in 28 games with Los Angeles this year, hitting .122 (5-for-41) with one double, two home runs and three RBI. He has appeared in nine games (five starts) at first base, 11 games (two starts) in left field and one game each in center and right field.
Many fans anticipated the swap of Gonzo and SVS, but the roster carousel will begin to get tricky when righty starter Kenta Maeda and infielder Logan Forsythe return to the Dodgers’ 25-man roster. Maeda is expected to return sometime during the series against the Cardinals, while Forsythe is being evaluated daily after starting his second rehab stint with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday.
(Dai Sugiura furnished the majority of information provided in this report)