Dodgers call up Scott Van Slyke

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers selected the contract of minor-league slugger Scott Van Slyke before their game Friday with the Miami Marlins to try to add a little pop to their struggling bench. He is the son of longtime major-league outfielder Andy Van Slyke.

Scott Van Slyke was batting .397 with nine home runs and a 1.236 OPS at Triple-A Albuquerque. The Dodgers moved him to the outfield the past few games to give him greater versatility. The Dodgers sent Elian Herrera back to Albuquerque and transferred Chad Billingsley to the 60-day disabled list to clear room for Van Slyke on the 25-man and 40-man rosters.

Van Slyke, 26, played 27 games for the Dodgers last year, batting .167 with two home runs and seven RBIs. Billingsley underwent Tommy John surgery on April 24 and is expected to be out at least one year.