LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers recalled outfielder Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned utility man Elian Herrera on Wednesday.
Van Slyke was sent down to the Minor Leagues on July 21, when Matt Kemp was activated from the disabled list. But Kemp sprained his ankle in an awkward slide at the plate and went back on the DL. The Dodgers replaced Kemp with Ted Lilly, and then designated the left-hander for assignment after one game.
When Lilly departed, Herrera was recalled because Van Slyke hadn't spent the mandatory 10 days in the Minors following his option. The 10th day was Tuesday.
In 33 games with the Dodgers this year, Van Slyke is hitting .241 with six home runs, six doubles and 14 RBIs.
"He gives us something that we don't really have: a guy off the bench that can hit you a home run," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Mattingly will also use Van Slyke to occasionally spell Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Gonzalez has started 102 of the Dodgers' 106 games.
Wilson reports to Dodgers' training facility
LOS ANGELES -- Brian Wilson has reported to the Dodgers' Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale in Arizona, and the newly signed reliever will pitch to hitters on Thursday.
The next step will be for Wilson to get into Minor League games. Wilson signed with the Dodgers as a free agent on Tuesday, and general manager Ned Colletti estimates it should take the right-hander "two to three weeks" to be ready to join the big league bullpen.
"He's on the way," manager Don Mattingly said on Wednesday. "He's getting ready."
Wilson had 48 saves and a 1.81 ERA with the Giants in 2010, when he closed out the World Series. But he's missed most of the past two seasons and is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.
While Wilson was an All-Star closer with the Giants, he will likely assume a setup role with the Dodgers.
"He's going to earn whatever he gets," Mattingly said. "We want to put him in a position to have success. Kenley [Jansen] is going to get the ball in the ninth and everyone else is going to get the ball to him."
Kemp may not return to Dodgers until September
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp's recovery from a sprained left ankle is progressing slower than the Dodgers hoped, and it's possible the outfielder won't return from the disabled list until September.
Kemp likely won't join fellow outfielders Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig on the active roster for at least a few more weeks.
"By the time we have the four all ready to play, we'll be a few weeks from the end [of the season]," general manager Ned Colletti said.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Kemp would not be activated when he's eligible Aug. 6, and the club does not have a timetable for his return.
Kemp has only been able to hit off a tee and play catch since he was injured during an awkward slide at the plate July 21 vs. the Nationals.
"We were hoping this was going to be a simple ankle sprain, but it's a lot more serious than that," Mattingly said. "He's been able to do some things, but is having soreness with that. We're still not where we need to be."
Kemp has been on the disabled list three times this season and has been limited to 62 games.
Capuano remaining in Dodgers' rotation
LOS ANGELES -- Chris Capuano will stay in the Dodgers' rotation for now, while Stephen Fife remains in limbo.
Manager Don Mattingly said Capuano would start on Saturday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but the Dodgers have not decided where Fife will start next.
Fife, on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday in Chicago. He has already made two Minor League rehab starts.
"We just keep working him towards his next start," Mattingly said. "We'll decide where his next start is going to be. It's either going to be in the Minor Leagues or the Major Leagues."
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.