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Matt Kemp left last night’s game with a hamstring injury

May 30, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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Bad news for the Dodgers: Matt Kemp left during the seventh inning of last night’s Angels-Dodgers game with a mild hamstring strain. It was the right hamstring — last year he missed two months with a strain of the left — and after the game he said it didn’t feel as bad as last year’s injury. A bevy of bumps and bruises have limited Kemp’s effectiveness this year, leading to a disappointing .251/.305/.335 line thus far and now it looks like he’ll miss some time.

There aren’t a lot of apparent options for the Dodgers in center field right now. Carl Crawford hasn’t played there regularly in years. Yasiel Puig is intriguing, but it’s doubtful that the Dodgers would move him up two levels to play big league center field. Andre Ethier played a game in center last year. Guess we’ll hear what Don Mattingly will do sometime later today.


  1. stex52 - May 30, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Kemp had already been very slow to come around from that shoulder surgery. His power has been MIA all year. This is discouraging.

    • koufaxmitzvah - May 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      It gives him some time to strengthen up. Kemp has looked awful all week against the Angels.

  2. addict2sport - May 30, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Maybe a little time to sit and clear his head while the bumps and bruises (physical and mental) heal will end up being beneficial to Kemp and the Dodgers.

  3. koufaxmitzvah - May 30, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    A call-up will be intriguing (Puig, Pederson, possibly Hererra). I expect to see Skip in center.

  4. bigoz71 - May 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    They should bring up Joc Pederson but we are talking about Ned Coletti so it will probably be someone like Tony Gwynn Jr.

  5. lyon810 - May 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    the will to win

  6. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Kemp the unprofessional has hurt the team all year, this is a blessing

    • olddodgerfan - May 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      he had a little hot streak but never has blossomed into the super star they are trying to paint him to be….never has been a team player or has stepped forward on improving himself……you are now seeing him…….just plain Kemp…as he has always been

  7. snarkk - May 31, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    How’s that $200M+ payroll doin’ so far?…

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