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Juan Rivera returns ahead of schedule from torn hamstring

Jun 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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Juan Rivera is off the disabled list and back on the Dodgers’ active roster just four weeks after tearing his hamstring, which was initially expected to be a two-month recovery timetable.

To make room for Rivera’s return the Dodgers optioned Scott Van Slyke back to Triple-A after he went 6-for-31 (.194) with one homer in his first taste of the big leagues at age 25.

Rivera’s absence opened the door for Bobby Abreu to claim a big role in the Dodgers’ outfield, so manager Don Mattingly figures to use Rivera as a part-timer primarily versus left-handed pitching.

  1. lanflfan - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Please tell me it’s actually healed this time.

  2. willsolo - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Might as well start him at 1B. He will probably do much better than James Loney will do in the foreseeable future.

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