Originally written on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 5/11/12

Juan Rivera got some really bad news. He got invited to the disabled list party, according to Dylan Hernandez of the L. A. Times, the prognosis doesn't look good either. Juan Rivera's hamstring is ruptured, Don Mattingly said. Could be a long-term injury.

The Dodgers on Wednesday placed outfielder Juan Rivera on the 15-day disabled list with a ruptured hamstring, and recalled outfielder Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque. The Dodgers were hoping Van Slyke would arrive at Dodger Stadium before Wednesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants.

“I felt something when I slid into third base,” Rivera said.

Yeah, I am sure you did. Usually when you tear ligaments in your body, you feel it. All in all this isn't that much of a bad thing, as hopefully some time off will allow Rivera to get back on track, assuming he bounces back from this injury. Rivera was batting just .247/.276/.358 slugging percentages, after a hot start to the 2012 season, Rivera had cooled over the last few weeks. Rivera was still the RBI machine we had hoped he would be, as his 13 RBI's were third most on the team. He was batting .280 with runners in scoring position, another piece to the Dodgers early season success.

The Dodgers called up Van Slyke instead of Jerry Sands, the previous minor league player of the year. Sands struggled during spring training (.158 batting average) and hasn’t exactly turned it around in Albuquerque (.233, 4, 24).

Van Slyke, the team’s reigning minor league player of the year, was batting .336 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 32 games at Albuquerque, and had .411 on-base and .623 slugging percentages. This is his first trip to the majors. So this is a no brainer and it gives the Dodgers a chance to see what Van Slyke has got. I recently ranked Van Slyke as the Dodgers number seventeen overall prospect in February.

Van Slyke should get plenty of opportunities despite Mattingly saying newly signed Bobby Abreu would get most of Rivera's playing time in left field, but Mattingly is "not looking at him as an everyday guy" because that would "run the risk of beating him up."
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