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  1. Matt Kemp won’t be cleared to swing a bat until January

    Oct 24, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp held a conference call with reporters this afternoon to discuss his status following October 5 shoulder surgery and revealed that he won’t be cleared to swing a bat until at least January. “That’s the time I usually start hitting anyway,” Kemp said, although based on other players who’ve gone through similar surgeries–new teammate…

  2. An early guess at Team USA’s WBC lineup

    Oct 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    trout getty

    If Derek Jeter‘s broken ankle didn’t take him out of the mix for the World Baseball Classic the moment it happened, today’s news that he needs surgery definitely makes the issue moot. But as unfortunate as Jeter’s injury is for the Yankees, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for Team USA in next spring’s World…

  3. Dave Hansen will not return as Dodgers’ hitting coach next season

    Oct 13, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Dave Hansen Getty

    According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers announced yesterday that Dave Hansen will not return as hitting coach next season. Meanwhile, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, bench coach Trey Hillman, third base coach Tim Wallach, first base coach Davey Lopes and bullpen coach Kenny Howell are all slated to return. Hansen was…

  4. A.J. Ellis had knee surgery to repair meniscus tears

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Matt Kemp isn’t the only Dodgers regular who needed surgery once the season was over, as catcher A.J. Ellis underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Friday to repair meniscus tears. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Ellis will be sidelined for six weeks, which should give him plenty of time to get healthy by…

  5. Shane Victorino will be a playoff analyst for TBS this week

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Next month Shane Victorino will hit the open market as a free agent, but in the meantime he’s serving as a television analyst for the playoffs. Tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday he’ll join Matt Winer, Dennis Eckersley, and David Wells on the TBS studio team. Mark Newman of MLB.com reports that Matt Kemp was initially supposed…

  6. Matt Kemp’s shoulder was worse than expected, may not be full-strength for 2013

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    matt kemp getty

    We noted yesterday that Matt Kemp‘s shoulder surgery was a success — all surgery on athletes is a success — but the post-op news from L.A. is not all good. Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times reports that Kemp’s shoulder was more damaged than first thought, and there is a chance that he will…

  7. Matt Kemp undergoes shoulder surgery

    Oct 5, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp Getty

    The Dodgers announced this afternoon that Matt Kemp underwent surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder today. The surgery was performed by Dr. ElAttrache and involved repair of a tear in his labrum and some minor debridement of the rotator cuff. He will begin physical therapy in 7-10 days and is expected to begin swinging a…

  8. Clayton Kershaw will not require hip surgery

    Oct 4, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp is set to undergo shoulder surgery tomorrow, but his teammate Clayton Kershaw will have a normal offseason. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti confirmed this afternoon that Kershaw will not require surgery on his right hip. Surgery was mentioned as a possibility after Kershaw was…

  9. Matt Kemp set to undergo left shoulder surgery on Friday

    Oct 3, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers were eliminated from postseason contention on Tuesday evening when they lost at home to the Giants. Now comes more bad news. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, outfielder Matt Kemp has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his left shoulder and might require surgery this offseason to repair it.…

  10. Dodgers lose, clinch postseason spot for Cardinals

    Oct 3, 2012, 1:51 AM EDT

    Mark Ellis, Pablo Sandoval

    The Dodgers’ season is over, and one can only hope manager Don Mattingly learned a couple of lessons tonight. The Giants won 4-3 in L.A. on Tuesday night to end the Dodgers’ playoff hopes and clinch the second wild card for the Cardinals. St. Louis could have clinched with a win earlier in the evening,…

  11. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Oct 1, 2012, 5:33 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Orioles 6, Red Sox 3; Yankees 9, Blue Jays 6: 159 games and NOTHING has been decided in the AL East. And, say what you want about the new playoff setup, but the fact that it matters so much who wins the division makes this a fantastic final three days. The Yankees close things out with…

  12. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  13. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 27, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles Machado rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during an MLB game in Baltimore

    Orioles 12, Blue Jays 2: Bombs away. Chris Davis and Manny Machado each had two homers and the O’s hit seven in all, keeping pace with the Yankees, who maintain their one and a half game lead. Yankees 8, Twins 2: CC Sabathia looks to be back on his game, and that will be huge for the Yankees in…

  14. Quote of the Day: Bryce Harper is confused

    Sep 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Here’s Bryce Harper commenting on Matt Kemp’s heroics last night.  In his defense, Harper was like 12 least year: “Kemp is a great player,” teenage phenom Bryce Harper said. “That’s why he was MVP last year. I think with one swing of the bat he can change the ballgame. There’s really nothing you can do about it.”…

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    Braves 3, Marlins 0:  Kris Medlen continues his astounding second half, shutting out the Marlins for eight innings. The Braves have won his last 21 starts, which is the most any team has won any one pitcher’s starts since the Yankees and Whitey Ford from 1950-53. Is there any doubt who will be starting the…

  16. Video of the Day: Yadier Molina is so slow he has to speed up to stop

    Sep 16, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Molasses

    I guess you can give kudos to Matt Kemp here for not giving up on the play and throwing out Yadier Molina last night.  But dude, whoever was responsible for Yadier Molina trying to stretch this into a triple needs to re-think things. Yadier has three career triples. I’m going to assume that on all…

  17. I’m blaming this one on Mike Matheny

    Sep 15, 2012, 2:09 AM EDT

    Mike Matheny

    The Cardinals were up 4-3 on the Dodgers with right-handed starter Joe Kelly weakening in the bottom the fifth inning tonight. With a man on first and the left-handed-hitting Andre Ethier on deck, I think it had already been decided that he was facing his last batter when Shane Victorino flied out to left to…

  18. Yadier Molina is absolutely ridiculous

    Sep 14, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    In an age where  everything is hyped to the nth degree, it’s hard to find something that can’t be overstated. But I’ll give you one candidate: Yadier Molina‘s defense.  Dude has been around for almost a decade now, and I feel like, while most people would agree that he’s the best defensive catcher in baseball,…

  19. Dodgers can’t get it together in the NL wild card mess

    Sep 13, 2012, 1:38 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The Braves just lost three straight to the Brewers, yet hardly missed a beat in what’s been an ugly week in the NL wild card race. With the Dodgers getting swept in their brief two-game series against the Diamondbacks, the National League division winners appear set in stone. Nationals: 89-64 – 8 1/2-game lead Reds…

  20. Matt Kemp back in Dodgers’ starting lineup Tuesday

    Sep 11, 2012, 7:22 PM EDT

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    From Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks after missing the past two games because of discomfort in his left shoulder. Kemp has been given two cortisone injections since slamming into the center field wall…

  21. Matt Kemp targets Tuesday return after cortisone injections

    Sep 10, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp AP

    Today’s scheduled off day for the Dodgers comes at a good time for Matt Kemp, who sat out both weekend games after being diagnosed with fraying in his shoulder labrum and got two cortisone injections. Kemp told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’s hoping to be back in the Dodgers’ lineup tomorrow…

  22. Matt Kemp undergoes MRI on shoulder, will miss rest of weekend series with Giants

    Sep 8, 2012, 3:02 PM EDT

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    If the Dodgers are going to make up any ground in the playoff race this weekend, they are going to have to do it without Matt Kemp. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Kemp will undergo a dye contrast MRI on his left shoulder today which will force him to miss the…

  23. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 6, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    In addition to the box scores, I also watched Bill Clinton last night. No matter what your politics, I hope we can agree that Clinton makes everyone want to listen to their “Siamese Dream” cassette and drive around in their Chevy Cavalier, waiting for their pager to blow up.  Anyway: Nationals 9, Cubs 1: Gio…

  24. Matt Kemp back in Dodgers’ lineup Friday

    Aug 31, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp gave the Dodgers quite a scare when he crashed into the center field fence at Coors Field on Tuesday night, but after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday, he’s back in the starting lineup tonight against the Diamondbacks. Kemp ended up suffering a bruised right knee from the collision while a precautionary CAT scan…

  25. It’s closed-door meeting time for the Dodgers

    Aug 31, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves

    You know who doesn’t have closed-door meetings? Teams on the right track: Immediately after the game, Mattingly held a closed-door clubhouse meeting that lasted several minutes so that the players, he said, could discuss “where we’re at and where do we want to go?” “We’ve got to do better,” Mattingly said. “I continue to believe…

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