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Matt Kemp too hurt to play, not to tackle

Jun 17, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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Matt Kemp was placed back on the DL 18 days ago with a strained left hamstring, and there’s currently no timetable for his return. Still, that didn’t stop him from tackling Dee Gordon after the shortstop’s game-winning single in the 10th inning Sunday against the White Sox.

Here’s the video.

Showing off his speed, Gordon was weaving his way through teammates on the infield after his single, but as he slowed up, he was playfully brought down by Kemp.

Considering that we’ve just seen two players land on the DL with injuries sustained in post-game celebrations, even healthy players might want to start being more careful out there. In Kemp’s case, though, it’s more serious that that: there’s simply no excuse for him to be horsing around in such a chaotic situation.

  1. jeffbbf - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Interesting. Are players on the DL and rehabbing typically in full uniform and on the bench for games?

    • dodger88 - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM

      Yes, unless they are on a minor league or rehab assignment.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      Often so in home games. They don’t usually travel with the team.

  2. mydadyourmom - Jun 17, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Cut him.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    During this game the real Vin Scully said there was a beach ball on the field that needed to be retrieved…I died.

  4. micker716 - Jun 17, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    I’ll give him a pass. It’s kind of refreshing to see that kind of sincere exuberance from Kemp. As a Dodger Hater it also concerns me.

  5. gogigantos - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Let him grabass all he wants, more time on the DL is good for the League.

  6. decimusprime - Jun 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    I say it’s a sign of healing and we should have our star back, blasting balls, soon. Adrenaline is powerful stuff, it helps you forget pain. He was pumped at the win and felt no pain. I doubt this would have happened if he felt any twinges on his way out to tackle his buddy. I’d say it’s good news for the Dodgers and our fans! We need our MVP back.

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