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Matt Kemp won’t be cleared to swing a bat until January

Oct 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Matt Kemp held a conference call with reporters this afternoon to discuss his status following October 5 shoulder surgery and revealed that he won’t be cleared to swing a bat until at least January.

“That’s the time I usually start hitting anyway,” Kemp said, although based on other players who’ve gone through similar surgeries–new teammate Adrian Gonzalez being one of them–his status for Opening Day is far from certain.

Doctors discovered more damage than expected once they had him under the knife, telling Kemp that they were surprised he was able to play through the injury in September. He was in the lineup for 27 games in the final month and homered six times, but hit just .222 with a .705 OPS.

  1. moogro - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    Beast-mode destroys the body.

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