Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Juan Rivera hits a 2 run home run against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Juan Rivera Returns From Disabled List

The Dodgers returned an outfielder from the DL, and sent down a player with a familiar last name.

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Dodgers Activate Juan Rivera, Send Scott Van Slyke To Triple-A

Juan Rivera has spent the last four weeks on the disabled list after rupturing a tendon in his left leg on a slide into third base.

Monday, the Dodgers announced they were activating him. Ken Gurnick:

The Dodgers activated outfielder Juan Rivera from the 15-day disabled list on Monday and optioned Scott Van Slyke to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Rivera has been sidelined for a month with a ruptured hamstring tendon and last week played in three Minor League rehab games.

Rivera was hitting .247 with two home runs when he was sidelined; he went 3-for-12 with two home runs in his rehab stint.

Speaking of home runs, Van Slyke hit a memorable pinch-hit homer for his first major-league round-tripper with his father, former major-league outfielder Andy Van Slyke, in attendance in a nationally-televised Sunday night game at Dodger Stadium.

It was a nice moment, but now Scott must ply his trade at Albuquerque, at least for a time.

For more on the Dodgers, please visit True Blue LA and SB Nation Los Angeles.

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