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Matt Kemp’s shoulder was worse than expected, may not be full-strength for 2013

Oct 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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We noted yesterday that Matt Kemp‘s shoulder surgery was a success — all surgery on athletes is a success — but the post-op news from L.A. is not all good. Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times reports that Kemp’s shoulder was more damaged than first thought, and there is a chance that he will not be at full-strength to start the 2013 season:

He and the Dodgers were hoping the damage would be relatively minor and require nothing more than a cleanup, but Dr. Neal ElAttrache decided the labrum had to be repaired — that is, reattached to the socket.

While the team’s statement said he’d be good to go come spring, Hernandez notes that Adrian Gonzalez had that same surgery in October 2010 and that he was limited to 11 spring training games in 2011 and started off slowly, power wise, that season. The good news, of course, is that he ended up being OK as the season wore on.

No sense in worrying too much about Kemp now, but keep that all in your back pocket for when February rolls around.

  1. stex52 - Oct 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Good to know just in case I decide to dip into fantasy baseball in 2013.

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Kemp plays hard and by the time his career is finished, I expect him to walk just about the same way Larry Bird did when he left the NBA.

    Mad respek for Kemp and here’s to hoping he has a quick and healthy recovery.

  3. stex52 - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Truthfully, I wish Kemp the best. But this is the way Jeff Bagwell’s career started downward. Bagwell was much more arthritis, so the comparison may not be relevant. But clearly they didn’t like all the stuff they saw in there.

  4. natslady - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Heaven knows what they will find when they open up Ryan Zimmerman’s shoulder after the season. Adam LaRoche lost 2011 with his shoulder “repair.”

  5. APBA Guy - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    My nephew had Dr. Andrews do his labrum last year, what was a reportedly ‘minor” procedure lasting 2 hours. We’re at 16 months from the operation and he’s throwing at almost 100%. Returns from labrum operations are very difficult to be precise as to recovery time.

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