Many expected the Los Angeles Dodgers to activate outfielder Scott Van Slyke from the 15-day D.L. on Friday, with some looking at Luis Cruz as the odd man out on the 25-man roster.
Minutes ago, the Dodgers made the official announcement, confirming the above suspicions:
#Dodgers today reinstated Scott Van Slyke from the 15-day disabled list and designated Luis Cruz for assignment.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 28, 2013
Through 45 games in 2013, Cruz has had a tremendously difficult time repeating his 2012 numbers: he’s hitting just .127 with 15 hits spread across 118 at-bats.
With an abundance of middle infielders currently on the roster (Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker, Mark Ellis, Juan Uribe, and Hanley Ramirez) there just wasn’t any room for Cruz – especially with his numbers as dismal as they have been.
Since he’s been DFA’d, the Dodgers now have 10 days to either trade him, release him, or place him on waivers in the hope that he’ll go unclaimed and can be optioned back to the minors.
Van Slyke is not in the Dodgers’ lineup for Friday night, but should presumably make an appearance over the weekend as L.A. battles the Philadelphia Phillies.