UPDATE: Friday, July 13 at 10 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky
Hernandez tweeted on Friday night:
#Dodgers lineup: Hairston 7, MEllis 4, Kemp 8, Ethier 9, Rivera 3, AJ Ellis 2, Uribe 5, Cruz 6, Kershaw 1.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 13, 2012
UPDATE: Sunday, July 1st at 12:17 p.m. ET
Matt Kemp's long-awaited return to the lineup looks like it's coming to a close in a matter of weeks. According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Kemp is slated to return to the lineup on July 13th.
"Matt Kemp said he intends to return to the Dodgers lineup on July 13 against the San Diego Padres, the team's first game after the All-Star break."
The article also states that Kemp will be participating in the home-run derby. Hopefully for the Dodgers, Kemp's hamstring woes are completely behind him for the remainder of the season.
UPDATE: Thursday, May 31 at 8:45 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
It looks like Matt Kemp is going to be missing more than just the required 15 days on the disabled list according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles:
Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone just said Matt Kemp will be out a minimum of 4 weeks— ramonashelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 1, 2012
When Kemp reaggravated the injury last night, you could tell he was in some serious pain. It wasn't just a tweak. While we don't know for sure, it looks like the team rushed him back too early and now has to march on without their MVP candidate until at least July.
At this point who knows if he plays again until after the All-Star break. Tough pill to swallow for the Dodgers.
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UPDATE: Thursday, May 31 at 6:38 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
BREAKING: Dodgers place OF Matt Kemp on 15-day DL with left hamstring strain.— MLB (@MLB) May 31, 2012
This is a big blow to the Dodgers. Kemp was having a monster season and is a big reason why L.A. leads the N.L. West by five-and-a-half games.
Hamstring strains are usually the type of injury that linger, but Dodgers fans are hoping it just takes the minimum 15 days to get Kemp back in the lineup.
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UPDATE: Thursday, May 31 at 9:00 a.m. ET by Mike Chiari
The status of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp isn't completely clear after he re-aggravated his hamstring injury as he scored from first base on Wednesday. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Kemp expects to be back on the disabled list for as long as a month.
Kemp was the leading candidate for NL MVP prior to his initial injury and was in the hunt for the Triple Crown as well with a .355 average, 12 home runs and 28 RBI. It looks like the Dodgers will have to continue their winning ways without Kemp, though, if they want to remain atop the NL West.
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UPDATE: Thursday, May 31 at 7:10 a.m. ET by Mike Chiari
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp's return to the lineup was certainly a short one, as he re-aggravated his hamstring injury and will have an MRI, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
Kemp appeared to re-injure his hamstring on Wednesday night as he scored from first on an Andre Ethier double in the first inning. It was Kemp's second game back since his stint on the disabled list, but unfortunately for the Dodgers, it appears as though he may be headed back there.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, May 29 at 6:10 p.m. ET by Eric Ball
Big news for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
HE'S BAAAAACK! Dodgers reinstate Matt Kemp from 15-day DL.— MLB (@MLB) May 29, 2012
Kemp hasn't played since May 13, but the Dodgers didn't seem to miss him. The best team in baseball went 9-4 in his absence and now has a 6.5-game lead in the NL West, tied for the biggest in the game.
Can the Dodgers get even better with Kemp back in the lineup?
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Even though the Dodgers did not completely fall apart without Matt Kemp in the lineup, they had to feel good hearing him tell Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he is still on track to return May 29, the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list:
Injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said on Monday he's running at 85 percent on his healing left hamstring and he's eager to play in a Minor League rehab assignment in preparation for being activated when eligible on May 29.
That is great news for the Dodgers, who have been a pleasant surprise in the National League West so far this season. They have the best record in baseball (29-13) and have separated themselves from what has been, at least to this point, a mediocre crop of NL West teams.
UPDATE: Thursday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m. ET
While there is nothing Kemp can do to rush his return since he was put on the 15-day disabled list, his hamstring has cooperated to the point where he is going to be able to return when the 15 days are up on May 29, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times:
Matt Kemp is expected to be ready to play again when he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list May 29, according to trainer Sue Falsone.
"That is our goal," Falsone said.
That doesn't do much to help the Dodgers right now, but it is a positive sign. Hamstring issues have a tendency to linger, so for him to be able to get back on the field as soon as he is allowed is a win for Kemp and the team.
UPDATE: Tuesday, May 15 at 8:00 a.m. ET
After sitting out Monday night's game against Arizona, Matt Kemp was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring, according to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles:
Kemp had said publicly following Sunday's game, which he left after the third inning when the hamstring flared up, that he "definitely'' wasn't going on the DL. But after meeting with team physician Dr. Neal El Attrache following the MRI, Kemp eventually became convinced that this was the right course of action.
Kemp may not be happy about the situation, but the Dodgers have to worry about the long-term ramifications of this injury instead of the short-term goals and keeping a rather meaningless consecutive games played streak going.
An injury like this could have forced Kemp to change his swing, thereby throwing his timing off and hurting his production the rest of the year. Now he can sit out for two weeks and come back better than ever.
UPDATE: Monday, May 14 at 6:30 a.m. ET by Eric Ball
The streak has been snapped.
Matt Kemp not in #Dodgers lineup tonight. Bobby Abreu hitting third.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 14, 2012
With the streak snapped, Prince Fielder is now the iron man of MLB, playing in 215 consecutive games.
While it looks like the injury isn't serious, obviously the Dodgers don't want to make it any worse. Rest is the best medicine right now.
UPDATE: Monday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET
While there is a lot of panic in Dodgerland surrounding Kemp's hamstring, he doesn't sound too concerned about it. And don't even mention a stint on the disabled list to him.
From the Los Angeles Times:
I'm definitely not going on the DL; that's not going to happen.
The team needs me. I don't think this is a 15-day thing; I think this is maybe one, two, three days.
In that same article, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he wasn't afraid to put Kemp on the DL, but the MRI is going to determine everything.
Matt Kemp's 2012 season is starting to look like MVP interrupted.
According to ESPN's Molly Knight, the superstar center fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers will undergo an MRI on his sore left hamstring on Monday morning:
Matt Kemp having an MRI in the morning.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) May 13, 2012
Kemp left after the third inning of the Dodgers' 11-5 win over the Colorado Rockies Sunday afternoon after re-aggravating a previous hamstring strain. He went 0-for-2 with a run batted in before exiting, extending his hitless streak to a season-high four games.
Said Kemp of his injury:
Kemp: "I'm definitely not going on the DL. This team needs me."— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) May 14, 2012
Such a determination will have to wait until after Monday's evaluation. ESPN's Buster Olney reports that it may take even longer to determine whether Kemp will need a stint on the 15-day DL to allow his hamstring to heal:
Word from a Dodgers source: The team will know in a few days if Matt Kemp needs some DL time, or if he just will miss a little bit of time.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 14, 2012
L.A. will miss Kemp for however long he's out of the lineup. The two-time Gold Glove Award winner and 2011 National League All-Star is far and away the Dodgers' most important (and productive) position player, ranking third in the NL in batting average (.359), second in home runs (12) and tied at third in runs batted in (27).
Not that the Dodgers are necessarily doomed to failure without him. Right fielder Andre Ethier, who was ejected in the fifth inning on Sunday for arguing balls and strikes, is first in the NL lead in RBI with 32.
Meanwhile, Bobby Abreu is hitting .304 with four doubles since the Dodgers signed him off the scrap heap on May 4, and A.J. Ellis (.317, 15 RBI) is playing like an All-Star at catcher in his first season of regular playing time.
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