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Matt Kemp crashes into center field fence; suffers knee contusion, sent for X-rays on jaw

Aug 28, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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UPDATE: The Dodgers just announced that Kemp left the game with a right knee contusion and was taken for precautionary X-rays on his jaw. He doesn’t have any concussion symptoms, so it sounds like he won’t have to miss much time.

9:54 PM: Matt Kemp crashed into the center field fence at Coors Field last night in the eighth inning, but managed to stay in the game. He wasn’t as fortunate tonight.

Kemp was trying to track down a fly ball off the bat of Josh Rutledge in the bottom of the first inning tonight when he ran full-speed into the center field fence. You can watch video of the play here.

Kemp was on the ground for several moments while being examined by team trainers, but he eventually got to his feet and convinced all involved that he was OK to stay in the game. The ball found him with the very next batter though, as Jordan Pacheco hit a bloop to center field which caused Kemp to make a diving attempt. He came up empty-handed and appeared to be flexing his neck and jaw when he got back up. He was removed from the game after the next batter.

Kemp has already served two stints on the disabled list this year with hamstring injuries. The Dodgers have added plenty of reinforcements over the past month, but the road to a potential postseason berth would be a lot tougher if he requires another extended absence.

  1. lazlosother - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Not a Dodgers fan but this sucks and it leads back to the age-old question, is it worth losing playing time and the contributions a player can make for a spectacular play that saves one or two runs (or even a victory), or maybe none.

    This is a real question for players like Kemp, Hamilton, etc. When a player ignores a significant risk of injury for a short term goal, are they helping the team? Can you tell these players not to go all out? Would this effect their entire approach to the game? It is an interesting dilemma.

    • sfchamps2010 - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      I agree! A guy like Mike Trout at 21 will handle the wear and tear but in 7 to 10 seasons will it be worth it? LAA fans any thoughts?

  2. okwhitefalcon - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    “Minus Rhianna, Matt Kemp’s Still Leagues Biggest Dipwad”

    “There’s nothing dirty about what that wall did to Kemp. If that wall happened to be at Dodger Stadium, every one of its partitions would have applauded its stopping abilities. That wall didn’t deserve Matt Kemp running into it and it’s mind-boggling that Kemp wasn’t ejected for one of the most obviously intentional wall crashes you’ll ever see.”

    Signed,
    Matthew Pouliot

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/28/minus-tony-la-russa-cardinals-still-leagues-biggest-dipwads/

  3. randygnyc - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    The dodgers can I’ll afford to lose kemp, even if it’s for a short few days.

  4. Marty - Aug 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    No prob. Didn’t the dodgers just pick up an OF named Crawford or something?

    • sfchamps2010 - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      who can’t play till this time next year maybe…

  5. hardballtalkusername - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    sfchamps you want your players to be aware of the opposing field dimensions and it is up to both the player and coaching staff to have them prepared to know the park’s dimensions. I would definitely tell players to try and fly ball that was catchable, but would stress the importance of knowing the park’s dimensions. Of course there is a risk, there is also a risk that an infielder gets hurt diving for grounder, but thats part of the game. Fine line you walk if you tell a player to not try too hard at defense because he might get injured.

    • hardballtalkusername - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:10 AM

      apologize for the terrible sentence structure and missing verbs

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 29, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        I’m sure the grammar police and spelling cops are thrilled by your apology.

  6. AlohaMrHand - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    The Dodgers should of stopped at victorino.Seriously their now 1-3 since those trades with losses to the a marlins and Rockies?They look impressive on paper but have been far from it on the field.

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