Los Angeles Dodgers Scratch Matt Kemp from Sunday's Lineup with Injury

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 6, 2012

DENVER, CO - APRIL 30:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares to bat against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field on April 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Kemp hit a home run on the first pitch delivered to him by starting pitcher Juan Nicasio #44 of the Colorado Rockies.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will be forced to finish their series against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday without early MVP candidate Matt Kemp.

Kemp, who has a .392 average to go along with 12 home runs and 27 RBIs, was scratched on Sunday due to a tight left hamstring. 

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported the lineup change via twitter

Matt Kemp was scratched from the starting lineup with a tight left hamstring. Tony Gwynn starts instead.

— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 6, 2012

There is wet weather in Chicago so it might be a precautionary measure, but it is still alarming to have a triple crown contender sidelined with a hamstring injury. 

Kemp was bothered by his left hamstring last June, but did not miss significant time. The Dodgers are hoping that this is another minor nuisance that does not result in Kemp missing a drastic length of time.

The Dodgers return to L.A. Monday night to welcome the San Francisco Giants.