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Matt Kemp leaves game with pain in surgically-repaired shoulder

Jul 6, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

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While Juan Uribe was the story for the Dodgers last night, they got a major scare in the second inning when Matt Kemp felt a sharp pain in his surgically-repaired left shoulder during an at-bat. He stayed in the game initially, drawing a walk and playing the next half-inning in the field, but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the third inning.

Ken Gurnick of reports that Kemp received a cortisone injection in his acromioclavicular joint, where the collarbone meets the shoulder. Doctors determined that the pain he was feeling was in the joint and not the labrum, which is where he had surgery last October. While that’s good news, he appears likely to miss a couple of games at the very least.

“I felt something weird in my shoulder and it kind of scared me a little bit,” said Kemp. “But others say it’s pretty normal for labrum surgery, I heard from other players. The cortisone shot calmed it down. It was very scary. I never felt anything like that. Worse than running into the wall.”

It’s unfortunate timing for Kemp, who finally showed signs of a rebound in recent days by hitting home runs in back-to-back games. The Dodgers got Carl Crawford back from the disabled list yesterday, so they have the outfield depth to make due for now. But a healthy and productive Kemp will be essential as they attempt to make a run of things in the National League West.

  1. cowboysoldiertx - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Kemp is a nice guy and hella talented but he cant catch a break health wise.

  2. henryd3rd - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Well this eliminates the log jam in the Dodgers’ outfield for now; but this team can’t stay healthy, i.e., Kemp, Crawford and Hanley

  3. historiophiliac - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    C’mon, Kemp!

  4. noblecop - Jul 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Either The Dodgers Stars Are Pansies, Or They Should Get Rid Of Their Physical Trainer. This Many Injuries Is Insane! Suck It Up And Play Boys, Or Get Yourself In Better Shape. That Is What Separates Good Teams From The Rest.

    • kiwicricket - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      Stan Conte Is One Of The Most Respected Medical Professionals In Baseball.
      And Oh, You Write Weird…

  5. dickclydesdale - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:33 AM


  6. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    How is this news? Bluejay fans leave the ballpark in pain every single day for the last 20+ years!!! Yikes!!

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