The Los Angeles Dodgers might be riding a wave of success right now, but Matt Kemp can't catch a break. He came off the disabled list yesterday, and he had a fantastic game. However, by the time the Dodgers completed their blow out win over the Washington Nationals yesterday afternoon, Kemp was hurt again.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times says the Dodgers and Kemp feel confident that he will avoid the disabled list, but after rolling his ankle in the ninth inning and having to leave the game, Kemp has reason to be concerned. The frustration and worry were evident when he talked about the ankle yesterday.
"It's not bad," Kemp said. "I hope it's not bad."
A return to the disabled list would be devastating to Kemp. The 28-year old has battled injuries for much of the last two seasons. After battling down to the wire with the Brewers' Ryan Braun for NL MVP honors in 2011, there were lofty expectations thrown at Kemp - much of it his own doing. However, he got injured early in the season, battled through other injuries throughout the year, and finished with just 106 games played. This season, he has only played in just 62 of the Dodgers' 97 games.
Kemp's power and presence will be important down the stretch, but the team has gelled and put things together mostly without him. With the win yesterday, the Dodgers climbed to three games over .500 and they remain just a half-game behind the Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West. But Kemp can make an impact. He proved that yesterday.
The Dodgers will continue to monitor Kemp and hope that any swelling or pain subsides today or tomorrow. The Dodgers start a series with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight.
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