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MLB Injury News:
The Los Angeles Dodgers expect center fielder Matt Kemp to
return from the disabled list July 21, the first day he’s eligible to,
according to Austin Laymance of MLB.com.
Kemp hasn’t appeared in a game for the Dodgers since July 5
when he irritated the AC joint in his left shoulder. The injury occurred during
a swing in his first at-bat, and he ultimately exited the contest after two innings.
The Dodgers held out hope that he’d avoid a stint on the DL, but he hit the shelf last Monday.
When Kemp does return from the DL, the Dodgers will have
four capable starting outfielders – also including Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier
and Yasiel Puig – for three positions. While this will force manager Don Mattingly to get creative with his lineups, it’s a problem he is looking
"I like the problem of the four guys, honestly,"
Mattingly said. "It gives me a lot of different combinations of guys to
play. I can keep some guys rested. I'd rather have a full compliment and deal
Kemp is slated to resume swinging a bat this week, and after
he’s cleared to take batting practice and show he can do so without issue he
could go on a brief minor league rehab stint. The 28-year-old is off to a slow
start to the season, hitting only .254/.309/.357 with four home runs over 246
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