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Friday, May 11, 2012
Rivera's absence could be a long one

By Tony Jackson

LOS ANGELES -- It appears that outfielder-first baseman Juan Rivera will be lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a little longer than they first thought.

Trainer Sue Falsone said before Friday night's game against the Colorado Rockies that Rivera has a ruptured tendon behind his left knee. So far, there are no plans for surgery because Falsone said studies have shown there is no difference in the recovery time for athletes with this injury who have and haven't undergone surgery. But she also said there are only a handful of known cases in which athletes have suffered this injury, so it's hard to predict exactly how long Rivera will be out.

Falsone said the best-case sceario would be that Rivera could return in two weeks, which would put him in line with the date he is eligible to come off the DL on May 25 -- "but I don't necessarily think that is what we're looking at," she said -- and the worst-case scenario is that "we're probably looking at six to eight weeks."

In the silver-lining department, this would figure to give the Dodgers an extended look at Scott Van Slyke, the outfielder-first baseman the Dodgers promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday to hold down Rivera's roster spot -- although they won't see much of him on Friday night. Here is the lineup, without Van Slyke in it:

Dee Gordon, SS

Mark Ellis, 2B

Matt Kemp, CF

Andre Ethier, RF

Bobby Abreu, LF

Juan Uribe, 3B

James Loney, 1B

Matt Treanor, C

Chris Capuano, LH