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Matt Kemp will have minor shoulder surgery and will not participate in the playoffs

Sep 29, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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The 2013 season keeps on getting worse for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Having already missed time this season due to a strained right hamstring, inflammation of the AC joint in his right hsoulder, and a sprained left ankle, Kemp has now been ruled out of the playoffs, per Dylan Hernandez.

Hernandez tweeted that Kemp was on crutches and later said that his ankle could break if he continues playing. With the time off, Kemp will also have minor surgery to fix his ailing shoulder.

Kemp ends the season with a career-worst .723 OPS in 290 plate appearances. He is through the second year of an eight-year, $160 million contract. The Dodgers still owe him $128 million. With a logjam in the outfield — including Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, and Andre Ethier — the Dodgers will have to decide who stays and who goes during the off-season. It is quite possible that the Dodgers explore a trade involving Kemp, though they would certainly be selling low.

The Dodgers will go on the road to face the Braves in the first two games of the National League Division Series, which starts on Thursday.

  1. raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Well, that stinks. I’ve never liked the Dodgers, but you always want to see everyone in the playoffs at full strength; it’s more fun that way.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Well, at least now I don’t have to feel torn at all if we end up playing the Dodgers in the post-season. They won’t have any Oklahoma goodness on their side.

  2. fearthehoody - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Soft. As. Charmin

    • Anoesis - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      You certainly seem to be an expert on flaccid. Too bad you know next to nothing about durability.

      ’08- 155 games played
      ’09- 159 games played, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger
      ’10- 162 games played
      ’11- 161 games played
      ’12- 106 games played

      Kemp is hardly soft, unlike that pulp between your ears.

      • Anoesis - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Left out All Star in ’11 (along with another GG and SS and 2nd in MVP voting), and All Star in ’12. Sorry, Matty.

      • donshula - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        got paid,nothing since pretty much covers it

  3. sportsfan18 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Ryan Braun might be able to help him recover…

  4. sjtorpitt - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I think Crawford will stay bc he’s the only real lead off hitter out of the four.

    • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      I think Crawford will stay because of that awful contract he has and no one wants.

  5. apkyletexas - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Classic case of a guy who has had one good season sprinkled in with a few good productive months and turned it into a massive contract.

    • thisdamnbox - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      The dude literally ran into a wall playing his ass off. He hasn’t been the same since. Money had nothing to do with it. As a Giants fan, I’m worried this will give him the time to heal so he can rake in ’14. This guy WILL be back…

      • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Wasted money will finally make people come around on uniform safe padding on outfield walls. Hockey got rid of the awkward shapes, gardens, spikes, flames and chains along the perimeter a long time ago.

  6. hackerjay - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Why should they get rid of an outfielder when Kemp is far from a sure thing? He’s a great player, but he hasn’t exactly shown durability the last few years, and it’s not like the $15 million Either is making is going to break the Dodgers.

  7. middy8484 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Kemp is a bum. Get rid of him.

  8. middy8484 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Kemp is made of glass. Get rid of him

  9. fearthehoody - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    anoesis, you left off 2013 games, why is that??? So in 2 years hes been a bum

    • Anoesis - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Your previous comment gave me the impression you had just started watching MLB. Kemp was hurt for a significant part of this year (for the first time since he came up in ’06) and I made the mistake of assuming your out-of-context claim was addressing that. Apparently you don’t pay any attention to the Dodgers except to troll.

      Calling a two-time All Star (who has two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards and who finished second in MVP voting in ’11) “soft” just makes you look petty and ignorant. My fault for thinking that was unintentional.

  10. fearthehoody - Sep 30, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I actually live in SoCal and have been to a dozen or so Dodger games this year. Kemp is soft. He struggles then gets hurt, comes back and gets hurt again. His past accomplishments ate quite impressive, never said he sucked. He is just glass, and a shell of his old self now

    • thisdamnbox - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      You’d think the owners would want to find a better way to pad the outfield walls and better the warning track so huge investments like Kemp & Harper can fulfill contracts at their best. Hitting an outfield wall at full speed has derailed many a career…

      • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        It is amazing things are such. They are a reasonably cheap investment and don’t affect aesthetics at all.

  11. stlouis1baseball - Sep 30, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    This stinks. You always want teams to be a full strength for the playoffs.
    The way he looked on those crutches yesterday I would guess his shoulder is really only an afterthought. Ankle could “break” so let’s shut him down for minor shoulder surgery?

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