So far this season, it's been one injury after another for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately for Matt Kemp, more than one of the ailments has been related to him. Kemp is currently sidelined by a sprained left ankle, an injury that will keep him out for the team's current series against the Toronto Blue Jays. If the center fielder doesn't show improvement soon, manager Don Mattingly indicated to reporters -- including the Associated Press -- that Kemp could be slated for another stint on the DL.
"I'm probably not feeling as good about it as I did
yesterday," Mattingly said. "It could go the wrong direction. Either
this thing's going to get [better] and we'll know pretty quickly or it's going
to be a little more severe."
After being out for 11 games due to a sore left shoulder, Kemp was activated from the DL and inserted into the Dodgers' lineup for Sunday's matchup against the Washington Nationals. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, but he was injured once again, this time damaging his ankle while sliding into home plate.
The injury looked severe, as the ankle rolled up under Kemp. It's been revealed that he's not dealing with a fracture, but it could still cause him to miss enough time that another stretch on the DL is deemed necessary by Los Angeles.
Beyond his shoulder and ankle ailments, Kemp also missed time with a hamstring injury in May and June. When he's been healthy enough to play, Kemp has struggled to the tune of a batting line of only .263/.319/.382. The 28-year-old only has five home runs on the season, compared to the 39 he hit in 2011.
In Kemp's absence, the Dodgers are fortunate enough to have three other starting-caliber outfielders, including Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford.
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