Dodgers reinstate Kemp, Ethier from the DL, option Herrera, Van Slyke
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today reinstated outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp from the disabled list and optioned Elian Herrera and Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Albuquerque. Herrera, who appeared at six different positions with the Dodgers, was batting .243 with 21 runs scored, one homer and 16 RBI in 51 games, while Van Slyke, 25, was hitting .167 with two home runs and seven RBI in 27 games with Los Angeles.
Ethier has been sidelined since June 28 with a left oblique strain and was batting .291 with 10 homers and 55 RBI at the time of his injury. The 30-year-old went 0-for-4 with a strikeout a walk and an RBI in two rehab games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
Kemp, a two-time All-Star, has missed 51 of the Dodgers’ last 53 games on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, with the team going 24-27 in his absence. The National League’s April Player of the Month was hitting .355 with 12 home runs and 28 RBI in 36 games prior to his injury. He appeared in six rehab games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Albuquerque, going 6-for-14 (.429) with a double and four RBI in four games with the Quakes and hitting .333 (3-for-9) with a double and an RBI in two games with the Isotopes.