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Matt Kemp headed back to disabled list due to ailing left shoulder

Jul 8, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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Well, we won’t have to worry about that logjam in the Dodgers’ outfield anytime soon.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Matt Kemp is headed to the 15-day disabled list. The 28-year-old outfielder was given a cortisone shot after he aggravated his surgically-repaired left shoulder during Friday’s game, but he still felt discomfort while trying to swing a bat today. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com that Kemp will be sent back to Los Angeles to be evaluated.

Kemp, who had surgery last October to repair his left labrum, is batting just .254/.309/.357 with four home runs, 24 RBI, and nine stolen bases in 61 games this season. He just returned from the disabled list two weeks ago after missing nearly a month with a hamstring injury. Nothing seems to be going his way.

With Kemp sidelined indefinitely, the Dodgers will move forward with Andre Ethier in center field, Carl Crawford in left, and Yasiel Puig in right.

If that wasn’t enough bad news, the Dodgers have also placed right-hander Stephen Fife on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis. Chris Capuano, who was expected to move to the bullpen following the acquisition of Ricky Nolasco, will now remain in the starting rotation.

  1. historiophiliac - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Dear ESPN:

    We need a “Scars issue.” I think it would be really educational for all of us to inspect Kemp’s.

    Thank you.

    • Jeff M. - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:08 AM

      I don’t know why you’re getting so many thumbs down, I think that’s funny!

  2. sportsfan18 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    All the more reason to appreciate the Cal Ripken’s who played game after game year after year. Greg Maddux pitching in 30 plus games year after year.

    I know Kemp doesn’t want to be hurt or Howard on the Phillies etc… or Bryce Harper but injuries sure seem to happen a lot now a days…

  3. sfm073 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    How much money is left on that deal?

  4. spellingcops - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Matt Glass Kemp

  5. insidefastball - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Have to begin to wonder if all of the shoulder and hamstring problems over the past two seasons means that we will never see Kemp perform at an all-star level again. The sad thing is, he probably contributed to his own demise by trying to play through the pain and rushing back from DL stints last season.

  6. paperlions - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Are they really going to put the slowest and worst defender in CF? That’ll be interesting to watch.

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