Van Slyke suffers whiplash riding in cab

Van Slyke suffers whiplash riding in cab

NEW YORK -- Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke suffered whiplash in a cab incident and was unavailable Saturday night, but he appeared in Sunday's 3-2 loss against the Mets, delivering a sacrifice bunt to advance Jimmy Rollins to third in the 10th inning.

Manager Don Mattingly said Van Slyke was a back-seat passenger in a taxi that stopped suddenly and the player's head slammed into the Plexiglas separating the front and back seats. Van Slyke told Mattingly before Sunday's game his condition had improved and he would attempt to hit in the batting cage.

Mattingly said utility man Alex Guerrero also was unavailable for the second consecutive game on Saturday with lower back stiffness that forced him to be scratched from the Friday lineup. Guerrero entered in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday, playing third base.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.