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Dodgers place Matt Kemp on disabled list with right hamstring strain

May 30, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

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Matt Kemp‘s nightmare season continues. After he left last night’s game with what was described as a mild right hamstring strain, Kemp has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding roster move, the Dodgers have recalled catcher Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Albuquerque.

It’s not clear how long Kemp will be sidelined, but the Dodgers didn’t want to risk making things worse. You may remember that he missed the minimum 15 days with a left hamstring strain last year, but aggravated the injury two days later and missed an additional six weeks. The Dodgers figure to be extra cautious this time around so that history doesn’t repeat itself.

Andre Ethier will make his second career start in center field tonight, but that arrangement might not last long. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times notes that Yasiel Puig is starting in center field tonight for Double-A Chattanooga while Joc Pederson is on the bench. This could be an indication that Pederson will soon be on his way to the majors. He has considerably more experience in center field than Puig, so that would be the logical way to go.

UPDATE: It looks like Pederson won’t get the call after all. Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles indicates that the Dodgers will likely call up Tony Gwynn, Jr. in the coming days.

  1. gbpxlvi - May 30, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    He did it on Ellen

  2. moseskkim - May 30, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Kemps been off all year. Hopefully this break will help him get healthy and focused because they need all their guns to make up ground in the NL west

  3. fearthehoody - May 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Always gets “hurt” when he struggles

  4. flamethrower101 - May 30, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    I have a strange feeling that his shoulder isn’t totally healthy even though he says it is. If that’s the case this extended layoff should help him get back on track. But I have a feeling that this is going to be nothing more than a lost season for Kemp.

  5. buffalomafia - May 30, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Overpaid player that gets hurt every F’n year!!

  6. tipstopten - May 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Get rid of the Diva,

  7. junglerat524 - May 31, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Cueto was KICKING it tonight!! (sorry, couldn’t wait)

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