Van Slyke progressing slowly from back injury

Dodgers utility man won't return until at least late May

Van Slyke progressing slowly from back injury

LOS ANGELES -- Scott Van Slyke is still a week away from resuming baseball activities and won't be coming back until at least late May.

The infielder/outfielder was placed on the disabled list with a back injury on April 12 and has remained in the Dodgers' clubhouse for the last couple weeks.

"Seeing [Van Slyke], he's moving around better, but to even see him playing catch or hitting off a tee, we're still a week from that," manager Dave Roberts said.

Roberts said there was no chance that Van Slyke would be activated during the team's next homestand, spanning May 9-17.

"[Van Slyke] feels better, but as far as baseball activities, he's not really doing a whole lot," said Roberts. "He's moving around, feeling better. He's out here during batting practice, but not taking balls off the bat or anything."

The Dodgers' depth has insulated them from their league-leading 10 players on the disabled list, but Van Slyke's absence does leave them noticeably shallow at first base. The team had to start catcher Yasmani Grandal at first base when Adrian Gonzalez had a day off against the left-handed Wei-Yin Chen.

Jack Baer is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.