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Matt Kemp undergoes MRI on shoulder, will miss rest of weekend series with Giants

Sep 8, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

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If the Dodgers are going to make up any ground in the playoff race this weekend, they are going to have to do it without Matt Kemp.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Kemp will undergo a dye contrast MRI on his left shoulder today which will force him to miss the rest of this weekend’s series against the Giants.

Kemp is just 3-for-30 (.100) since colliding into the center field fence in Coors Field on August 28. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise above his knee and a bruised jaw at the time, but the shoulder has emerged as the bigger issue.

Shane Victorino will slide start in center field in Kemp’s absence this afternoon while Juan Rivera will play left. Losers of three straight, the Dodgers open play today at 73-66 on the year, 5 1/2 games behind the Giants in the National League West and 1 1/2 games back in the Wild Card race.

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UPDATE, 8:06 PM: According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the MRI showed inflammation and “some fraying of the labrum.” The Dodgers are hoping he can return on Tuesday.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Uh-oh. According to Natural News, missing a weekend series causes cancer.

  2. Marty - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Everybody, please donate to your local Relay for Life as it is expected Kemp will contract some form of cancer from this diagnostic, according to Natural News.

  3. dfh3456 - Sep 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    The Angels have moved Vernon Wells through waivers incase the Dodgers need an outfielder.

  4. edavidberg - Sep 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Somebody should tell Kemp to stop running into fences. Or else teach him not to do it stupidly as most major leaguers can jump at the wall and not get hurt.

  5. manchestermiracle - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Looks like they didn’t need him, for one game at least. A rare win in SF with Ramirez and Gonzalez doing the damage. Only 4 1/2 back with four more games against the Giants. Assuming the Dodgers win all four, and don’t lose ground in their other games, they can catch or pass SF. That’s a lot of assuming. And I don’t think it’ll happen. The Dodgers’ll be lucky to get one of the wild card slots.

  6. omniusprime - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    What kind of season could Matt kemp have had had he stayed healthy? Kemp got off to such a great start but faltered after he got injured. Let’s hope Matt heals up quickly and can finish the season strong. Go Dodgers!

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