Matt Kemp Injury: Latest Updates on Dodgers Star's Knee & Head Injuries

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2012

This was supposed to be a joyous time in Los Angeles after the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to make a run for the postseason, but Matt Kemp can't stay on the field long enough to play a big role on this team. 

The latest incident happened on Tuesday against Colorado when Kemp crashed into the wall trying to make a catch. He went down right away and stayed there for a while before being taken out of the game. 

 

UPDATE: Tuesday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp will return to the lineup Tuesday night, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Bill Shaikin:

Matt Kemp in #Dodgers lineup tonight.

— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 11, 2012

Kemp's health is of paramount importance to Los Angeles. They are in the heart of the NL Wild Card race, and his 315/.382/.548 will be a welcome addition to their lineup.

He's been absent since August 28, but he will take the field tonight against Arizona.

 

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UPDATE: Friday, August 31 at 6:40 p.m. ET by Alex Hall

The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated Kemp from the disabled list and he is in the starting lineup for the team against the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight.

The Dodgers' official Twitter account recently tweeted out the team's batting order for the game:

'@dodgers lineup: M Ellis 2B, Victorino LF, Gonzalez 1B, Kemp CF, Ramirez SS, Ethier RF, Cruz 3B, AJ Ellis C, Harang P.

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 31, 2012

 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, August 29 at 11:15 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers and Kemp can breathe a little easier after his test results showed no significant damage. 

Good news for the #Dodgers. MRI on Kemp's knee showed a bone bruise. CAT scan on his jaw was negative.

— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 29, 2012

Kemp's presence over the final month of the season will be critical if the Dodgers hope to make up the gap between them and the Giants in the division and St. Louis in the wild-card race. 

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According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Kemp got checked out on Tuesday night after he was taken out of the game.

Kemp was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his knee and a CAT scan on his jaw tonight.

— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 29, 2012

Hernandez also reported that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn't expect Kemp to be around for at least one game. 

Mattingly said he expects Kemp to be out for at least tomorrow's game.

— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 29, 2012

While fans are looking at the acquisition of Gonzalez and Beckett with rose-colored glasses right now, the Dodgers still aren't deep enough in the lineup to offset the loss of one of their key players. 

Kemp is still the best player the Dodgers have, but he has only played in 78 games this season due to injuries. They need him healthy and productive if they want to make a run at the playoffs this season. 

Right now, the Dodgers are 3.5 games behind San Francisco in the National League West and 2.5 games behind St. Louis for the second wild-card spot.