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As expected, the Los Angeles Dodgers have activated Matt Kemp from the disabled list. He will be starting in the outfield today against the Washington Nationals. Kemp will look to help the Dodgers sweep the Nationals in the first series after the break.
#Dodgers officially activated Matt Kemp and optioned Scott Van Slyke to triple A.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 21, 2013
With Kemp's activation, Van Slyke will again return to the minors. However, with all the injuries the Dodgers have battled this season, Van Slyke has received far more playing time than even he could have expected. Van Slyke has appeared in 33 games this season and is hitting .241/.309/.517.
To put things in perspective, Matt Kemp has only played in 28 more games than Van Slyke and is not hitting better. Kemp is hitting .254/.309/.357. The Dodgers will need Kemp to catch fire as they find themselves back in contention and just a half-game back of the Diamondbacks entering play today. Kemp could be the key that either propels the Dodgers to the playoffs or sends them to yet another disappointing season.
Kemp has spent the last two-plus weeks on the disabled list with a shoulder injury that limited his ability to even swing a bat. His injury history over the last two seasons is troubling to say the least, so the Dodgers will certainly focus on that as the season progresses. Don't be surprised to see them pick up players at the deadline that could be used as solid fill-ins should additional injuries strike.
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