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Matt Kemp shut down indefinitely with tightness in right hamstring

Sep 6, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp‘s 2013 season may be over as he has been shut down indefinitely with tightness in his right hamstring, according to Dodger Talk co-host David Vassegh. Kemp had been rehabbing with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga after having been sidelined with a sprained ankle in late July. He was hitless in 19 trips to the plate before moving to the team’s complex in Glendale, Arizona.

Vassegh quotes manager Don Mattingly as saying, “I’m not ready to concede anything, but at some point we run out of time.”

Kemp first landed on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring between May 30 and June 24. He went back on the DL on July 7 with inflammation of the AC joint in his left shoulder and didn’t return until July 21. In his first game back, he sprained his ankle sliding into home plate in the ninth inning against the Nationals and he hasn’t played since. Kemp currently has a .700 OPS in 251 official Major League plate appearances this season.

Kemp, who turns 29 on September 23, has six years and $128 million remaining on his eight-year, $160 million contract extension signed in November 2011.

  1. flamethrower101 - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    You have to figure at this point if it’s feasbile to think Kemp won’t even be on the playoff roster when the time comes. He was terrible when he was healthy and didn’t really show any signs of coming out of it. Besides, it’s not like the Dodgers are dying for him right now. They’ve done most of their damage with him on the DL anyway so really, does it matter?

    I’m sure they’d love to have him back. I’d love to see him back. But at this point, I think the best option is to shut him down completely and let him get healthy for 2014. He’ll need all the strength he can get to bounce back big time from this.

  2. mrpinkca - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    He needs to take up yoga or something. This happens to him far too often.

  3. Anoesis - Sep 6, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Well that sucks, but he hasn’t been right physically since early last year. The current outfield of Crawford, Ethier, and Puig have helped power the Bums to where they are now, coasting along at the top of their division.

    I, too, hope he gets healthy again so that, if there’s no longer a spot for him in center field, he’ll have some trade value next year. Or at least more than James Loney. Some guys just aren’t built for standing around, whether at the plate or in the field, and then having to run full-bore. No matter how warmed up or stretched out, some just end up with injured hamstrings.

  4. losanginsight - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    What’s next hip surgery? This guy needs to get back on the juice asap.

  5. nsauser - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Sounds like his real ailment was going 0-19 in rehabs ABs.

  6. cavemanna - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    If he hadn’t signed that contract yet he’d be playing. Bet that. He’s one of the ones Donnie was speaking if a our heart and effort at the beginning of the year I believe

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