Van Slyke to address wrist issue with surgery

Van Slyke to address wrist issue with surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist next Thursday.

Van Slyke had been on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 9, and was moved to the 60-day list on Thursday, signaling the end of his season.

Van Slyke has been playing with discomfort since originally spraining the wrist on a slide last year.

The outfielder saw limited action last September because of it and was left off the postseason roster. He said doctors will remove cysts and scar tissue in a clean-up procedure so he can regain range of motion without pain.

"It feels like a sprained ankle that never really goes away," Van Slyke said. "I feel it swinging and throwing."

He expects to be in a cast for a week and then begin rehab so he will be completely healed before Spring Training begins.

Injuries to Van Slyke and Trayce Thompson have provided unexpected playing time and pinch-hit at-bats for Rob Segedin, who possesses similar right-handed power.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.