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  1. Matt Kemp’s sprained left ankle is still an issue

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

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    Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has batted .314 with an .870 OPS in 39 plate appearances since returning from his severe left ankle sprain on September 16. But that ankle injury still lingers. Kemp was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Saturday night against the Rockies with what is being termed an ankle flareup…

  2. Dodgers may be without Andre Ethier in the playoffs

    Sep 25, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Andre Ethier has become the forgotten man in the Dodgers’ outfield thanks to an ankle injury and after a setback yesterday Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles writes that “his availability for the postseason is in question.” Ethier tested his ankle with some pregame running, but had to cut things short and afterward called it…

  3. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 25, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Indians 5, White Sox 4: Unbelievable. Chris Perez blows a save in the top of the ninth and the ancient Jason Giambi picks him and the Indians up in the bottom, smacking a two-run walkoff homer. Still life in that old bat. Still life in the Indians, who remain in wild card position. Rangers 3,…

  4. Matt Kemp makes a most triumphant return

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL Matt Kemp! Last night Matt Kemp got his first start since July 21. He made the most of it, going 4 for 4 with two doubles, three RBI and a run scored and patrolled center without incident. Kinda came out of nowhere given that his only plate…

  5. Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez back in Dodgers’ lineup

    Sep 17, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick comes word that center fielder Matt Kemp and shortstop Hanley Ramirez are back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks. This will be Kemp’s first start since he suffered a severe left ankle sprain on July 21. He has appeared in only 63 games this season and…

  6. Matt Kemp activated from disabled list, but not in lineup

    Sep 16, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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    While it’s not clear how much he’ll play, Matt Kemp has been activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers. Kemp has been sidelined since July 21 with a sprained left ankle. The 28-year-old outfielder had a minor setback earlier this month due to renewed tightness in his right hamstring, but he has been able…

  7. 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…

  8. Matt Kemp won’t return to the Dodgers on Monday

    Sep 1, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has the story: Matt Kemp, who is hitless in the first three games of his minor league rehabilitation assignment, will not return to the Dodgers on Monday. “He doesn’t feel good yet at the plate,” Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. “He’s not pushing us to say, ‘I want to be…

  9. Matt Kemp still isn’t comfortable, may not return on Monday

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp made his second rehab start with Rancho Cucamonga yesterday, but still doesn’t feel comfortable yet, reports Bill Shaikin. Kemp has been sidelined since July 22 with a sprained ankle. The hope was that Kemp would make a few rehab starts and be ready to return to the Dodgers after this weekend,…

  10. Matt Kemp goes 0-for-5 in first rehab game

    Aug 30, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Matt Kemp began a minor-league rehab assignment at Single-A last night, going 0-for-5 with a strikeout and two double plays to begin his comeback from shoulder and ankle injuries that have basically sidelined him since early July. Not exactly the results he was looking for in his return to game action, but Kemp downplayed any…

  11. Matt Kemp could begin rehab assignment this week

    Aug 25, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Kemp lunges while being forced out at home by Suzuki during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp says his ankle is pain-free, meaning he could begin a rehab assignment this week, tweets Dylan Hernandez. It is the next step towards rejoining the Dodger lineup. Kemp injured his ankle sliding into home plate in the ninth inning against the Nationals on July 21. It was his first game after being activated…

  12. Dodgers hope to discuss extension with Hanley Ramirez this offseason

    Aug 24, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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    While Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers’ pitching staff deserve a lot of credit for the team’s incredible turnaround, Hanley Ramirez has been the team’s best hitter when healthy this season, batting .348 with 13 home runs and a 1.025 OPS through 63 games. And the Dodgers are prepared to reward him. According to Dylan Hernandez…

  13. Matt Kemp won’t rejoin the Dodgers before September

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is no longer holding out any hope of Matt Kemp returning from the disabled list this month, telling Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that “September would be the best-case scenario.” Kemp has essentially been sidelined since early July, first by a shoulder injury and then by an ankle injury. He played one…

  14. Teen befriended by Matt Kemp passes away

    Aug 8, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp AP

    Sad news to pass along courtesy of our friends at Yahoo! Sports. Joshua Jones, the young fan who was be befriended by Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp earlier this year, has passed away following a battle with brain cancer. He was just 19 years old. It was hard not to be touched when Kemp gave Jones…

  15. Matt Kemp lands back on disabled list with ankle sprain

    Jul 24, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Dodgers have placed outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list (for the third time this season) because of a sprained left ankle. Kemp suffered the injury Sunday on an awkward slide into home plate. It was his first game since returning from…

  16. Common sense prevails: the BBWAA will not be stripping Ryan Braun’s 2011 MVP award

    Jul 24, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp AP

    There was a time in late 2011-early 2012 when several baseball writers were arguing that the Baseball Writers Association of America should re-vote the NL MVP award in light of Ryan Braun‘s positive drug test. That idea was fraught will all manner of problems and was never seriously considered by the BBWAA. But the meme…

  17. Matt Kemp doesn’t want the 2011 NL MVP award

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp narrowly lost the 2011 NL Most Valuable Player award to Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. That the two were separated by about 60 points in voting illustrates just how close the race was. Now that we’ve learned that Braun did, in fact, use performance-enhancing drugs, that race isn’t nearly as close for…

  18. Quote of the Day: Skip Schumaker brings the noise on Braun and PED users

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres

    To underscore the earlier post about where we are now with PEDs in baseball, check out what Skip Schumaker had to say after the Dodgers game last night: “I can’t stand it. It (PED use) needs to be eliminated from the game. I have an autographed Ryan Braun jersey hanging in my baseball room at…

  19. UPDATE: X-rays negative on Matt Kemp’s ankle

    Jul 22, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kemp lunges while being forced out at home by Suzuki during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington

    UPDATE: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that X-rays on Kemp’s ankle came back negative. 7:00 PM: Matt Kemp was having a banner day in his return from the disabled list yesterday before he was forced to exit in the ninth inning after he sprained his left ankle on an awkward slide into…

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

    Jul 22, 2013, 5:12 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Mets 5, Phillies 0: It’s getting close to the time for us to break out all of that “we are all witnesses” kind of hyperbole for Matt Harvey. Not that it’s really hyperbole. He’s simply toying with hitters at this point, throwing ungodly stuff in just about every count. Seven innings, three hits, ten strikeouts,…

  21. Matt Kemp exits in ninth with ankle injury

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    On the same day he returned from the disabled list, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp appeared to twist his ankle sliding into Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki at home plate in the ninth inning today with his team up 9-2. Kemp was at third base when Carl Crawford hit a ground ball to first baseman Chad Tracy.…

  22. Matt Kemp activated from disabled list

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has officially been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is back in LA’s starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals. It’ll be his first appearance in an MLB game since July 5. Kemp wound up…

  23. Matt Kemp on track to be activated tomorrow

    Jul 20, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp played in a simulated game against injured starter Ted Lilly today, hitting two home runs. Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times says Kemp, recovering from irritation of the AC joint in his left shoulder, is on track to be activated tomorrow. After returning from the disabled list on June 25, Kemp…

  24. 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…

  25. It’s official: Dodgers acquire Ricky Nolasco from Marlins

    Jul 6, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Minnesota Twins - Game Two

    Per MLB’s Twitter: the Ricky Nolasco deal is official. The Marlins have traded their right-handed starter to the Dodgers for prospects Steve Ames, Josh Wall, and and Angel Sanchez. None of the three made Baseball America’s top-ten list for the Dodgers organization entering the season. The Dodgers are assuming the rest of Nolasco’s remaining salary,…

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