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Matt Kemp suffers setback, Hanley Ramirez to get MRI

Jun 9, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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In a season that has had Dodger fans groaning and saying “what else can go wrong?”, something else has gone wrong. Outfielder Matt Kemp, working his way back from a hamstring injury, suffered a setback while running today. Manager Don Mattingly called it “a little bit of a snag”, per SB Nation’s Eric Stephen on Twitter. He was scheduled to play one rehab game before returning to the team on Friday, but that may be pushed back.

Meanwhile, Hanley Ramirez is out of the lineup again, marking the fourth consecutive game in which Ramirez starts the game on the bench. Ramirez was taken off of the DL prior to the team’s June 4 game against the Padres, assuming his strained left hamstring was back to full health. He underwent an MRI today which will let the team know more about his status when results are revealed. There is a very real possibility Ramirez goes back on the disabled list for the third time this season.

  1. 13yrsmlbvet - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Crawford- hammy, Kemp-hammy, Ramirez-hammy, starting pitchers all beat up. Curse or program issue?

  2. Anoesis - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Sitting/standing around and then trying to sprint = pulled muscles. That happens in baseball, especially when a team isn’t scoring many runs, but you’d think management would be aware of it and work to insure the players stretch regularly throughout the game and stay loose.

    Pitcher injuries are a separate epidemic: Billingsley’s gone for the year. Capuano, Fife, Greinke, Lilly have all spent time on the DL. Nine starting pitchers through May is bad news. Hyun-Jin Ryu has been a pleasant surprise and Kershaw his usual self, but they may need to bring Zach Lee up just to fill one of those holes. I might have missed some recent stuff because it’s getting hard to keep up with all the roster moves.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      Every MLB team is playing baseball, but not every team is suffering these kinds of in juries at these rates. Seems like the Dodgers are missing something in the training dept.

  3. bobr53 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Maybe these guys should worry more about there careers and the commitment they have made to the team to get in much better shape during the off season, they should come to camp ready to play ball–worry about the endorsements and all of the other stuff they do during the off season later. They will have plenty of time to screw off and do what ever they want when they retire, my God, money is no issue as these guys are set for life . It should be written in the contracts–come to camp at a certain weight and in top physical condition or find another career. Really, these injuries seem to be more common and the more money these guys make the less they concentrate on what got them there…

  4. bobr53 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Back when Mantle and Maris, Koufax and Drysdale played–these guys played hurt, pitched complete games, Koufax threw over 180 pitches in one game. If these guys could not play they did not get paid, it is that simple–the more we pay these guys, the more the injuries seem to ruin the teams–No excuse for all of these hamstring injuries–yes, things happen, but not at this rate–Contracts should be written with a clause in it, stating that you come to camp in shape, at a certain weight or your on unpaid leave.

    • erbaodai - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:23 AM

      Throwing 180 pitches through injury is exactly why Koufax ended his career early.

    • cktai - Jun 10, 2013 at 3:00 AM

      Number of seasons where the player played 155 games or more: Maris 2 out of 12, Mantle 0 out of 18, Kemp 4 out of 8.

      You know, maybe the problem is that these days, we force players to play while they are hurt, instead of letting them rest like they used to.

      • jtrains - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        “Number of seasons where the player played 155 games or more: Maris 2 out of 12, Mantle 0 out of 18, Kemp 4 out of 8.”

        1920 to 1961 AL and NL teams played a 154 game schedule.

  5. snarkk - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Maybe the Doghairs need to look at their entire conditioning program and training staff, as well as their overpaid players…

  6. db105 - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    Stretching during the game might reduce the number of hamstring injuries.

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