Matt Kemp Injury: Updates on Dodgers Star's Hamstring

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2013

It's been a tough year at the plate for Matt Kemp, but his entire season has just taken a turn for the worse, as the Los Angeles Dodgers star has suffered a right hamstring strain.

UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, at 6:38 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The LA Times' Dylan Hernandez Tweeted out the update all Dodgers fans have been waiting for:

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UPDATE: Friday, June 21, at 8:05 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

The Dodgers Tweeted encouraging news regarding Kemp's recovery:

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 9, at 2:25 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Dodgers fans as Matt Kemp (hamstring) suffered a setback, according to Orange County Register's Pedro Moura.

Kemp was working out with trainers this afternoon, the Dodgers announced:

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UPDATE: Thursday, May 30, at 7:35 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Dodgers have announced that Kemp will head to the 15-day disabled list due to his hamstring injury:

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The team broke the news on their Twitter account early Thursday morning:

Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times later reported that Kemp will have an MRI on the hamstring:

This news comes a little over a day after the Dodgers said Kemp was in fact healthy, and an injury was not to blame for his struggles this season (via Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com).

Obviously, that is no longer the case. 

Through 50 games, Kemp is only batting .251 with two home runs and 17 runs batted in—a far cry from where he has been over the last couple of seasons.

The center fielder was limited to only 106 games last year, hitting .303 with 23 home runs and 69 runs batted in. 

In 2011, Kemp enjoyed his finest season, batting .324 with 39 home runs, 126 runs batted in and 40 stolen bases. In addition to leading the league in several offensive categories, Kemp reeled in his second Gold Glove award and finished second in the National League MVP voting.

The Dodgers rewarded Kemp handsomely for his efforts after the 2011 campaign came to a close, signing him to a contract extension for eight years and $160 million.

Considering the amount of money on the line, Los Angeles needs to be very careful how it handles Kemp the rest of this year. In the interest of their long-term success, it would be wise of them to be cautious and make sure the slugger is at 100 percent before allowing him to return. 

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