Matt Kemp: L.A. Dodgers Superstar Will Undergo Surgery on Shoulder

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as he strikesout against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on October 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp will have surgery on his injured left shoulder on Friday, according to a report from the team's official Twitter account

On Friday, Matt Kemp will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at The Kerlan Jobe Clinic.

— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 4, 2012

This is going to be a very long offseason for both Kemp and the Dodgers. Both are going to spend a lot of time asking what could have been. 

You can say that about a lot of teams, but no one else in the National League came so close to making the postseason with the rash of injuries to its top players. 

Kemp looked like a lock for the MVP award in April, when he had a .417 average with 12 home runs and 35 hits. An injured hamstring in May seemed to linger with him for most of the season. He was never the same after that. 

According to Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the recovery time for the surgery varies greatly based on how much damage the doctors find during the procedure

In addition to Kemp missing time, Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw, two key cogs in the starting rotation, were out at different points with injuries.

If you look at the combined time they missed due to injuries and the way it affected the rest of the team's performance, does anyone think they wouldn't have finished at least two wins better if those players were healthy all year?

If Kemp needs four months to recover, that would put him in line to be close to 100 percent right around the time teams report to spring training in February.