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Matt Kemp set to undergo left shoulder surgery on Friday

Oct 3, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

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The Dodgers were eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday evening when they lost at home to the Giants. Now comes more bad news.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, outfielder Matt Kemp has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and might require surgery this offseason to repair it.

“We’re talking,” head trainer Sue Falsone told reporters on Wednesday afternoon. “We’ll make some decisions in the next 36 hours.”

Kemp is batting .304/.369/.541 with 23 home runs, 69 RBI and nine stolen bases through 105 games played this season. He hit .324/.399/.586 with 39 homers, 126 RBI and 40 steals in 161 games last year.

If Kemp undergoes the labrum surgery, he could need up to four months of recovery time.

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UPDATE, 10:16 PM: Kemp told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that he will undergo surgery on Friday.

  1. kkolchak - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    The Dodgers should get on the horn to the Angels and make a trade for Vernon Wells in case Kemp can’t play next year. :D

    • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM

      We need more one trick ponies here at HBT.

  2. manchestermiracle - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Running into the fence did, in fact, injure him? That might explain his poor performance afterward, but what’s the reason for his lack of production prior to that?

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