Dodgers bring Van Slyke back, option De Jesus

Dodgers bring Van Slyke back, option De Jesus

LOS ANGELES -- In need of an extra outfielder with Andre Ethier day to day with a strained left oblique, the Dodgers recalled Scott Van Slyke and optioned infielder Ivan De Jesus to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Van Slyke got the call Wednesday night and on Thursday he was in the Dodgers' lineup, slated to bat fifth and play right field. He batted .194 with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs in 17 games when he was called up earlier this season.

"I was only here for two weeks last time, but it feels like home here with all the guys," the laid-back Van Slyke said. "I'm glad to be back."

Van Slyke said he learned the importance of making adjustments during his first stint with the Dodgers after realizing big league pitchers don't pitch the same way an entire at-bat like they do in Triple-A. After being sent back down, he worked on his two-strike approach and being more aggressive early in counts.

De Jesus, an infielder, was batting .273 with three doubles and four RBIs in 23 games with the Dodgers.