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Healthy Scott Van Slyke vies for spot on Dodgers roster

Healthy Scott Van Slyke vies for spot on Dodgers roster

Scott Van Slyke held his right hand in front of his face. He was trying to demonstrate his physical limitations in 2016. The wrist should be able to bend backwards 90 degrees, inverted “like you hold a pizza,” he said inside the Dodgers clubhouse at Camelback Ranch one day last week.

In 2016, before he underwent arthroscopic surgery, his right wrist could not flex like that. He could only bend it a few degrees, not nearly enough to control the path of his bat or the direction of his relays from the outfield or, really, much of anything.

“I could have played through it,” Van Slyke said. “But I wasn’t accurate with my throws. I wasn’t a benefit defensively, like I could have...

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