Dodgers designate Van Slyke for assignment

The Los Angeles Dodgers needed room on their 40-man roster after they acquired three players in the past week, so they designated Scott Van Slyke for assignment Wednesday.

Van Slyke, 26, played in 27 games for the Dodgers last season, batting .167 with two home runs and seven RBIs. He played in 95 games for Triple-A Albuquerque, batting .327 with 18 home runs and 67 RBIs.

Depending on what happens over the next 10 days, the Dodgers could hold onto Van Slyke, but he seems like a candidate to latch on with another team. Van Slyke is the son of longtime major-league outfielder Andy Van Slyke.

The Dodgers acquired free agent pitchers Ryu Hyun-jin and Zack Greinke over the weekend and traded Tuesday night for utility man Skip Schumaker.