Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp had grabbed his left shoulder in apparent pain during his first plate appearance Friday night in the third inning in San Francisco and had to meet with an athletic trainer.
Initially, Kemp stayed in the game, but next time Kemp's turn in the batting order came up, Carl Crawford pinch hit for him thus removed from the Dodgers lineup.
The Dodgers have announced that Kemp has a left shoulder AC join irritation and is listed as day to day and will not participate in Saturday's game.
Matt Kemp won't play Saturday because of the cortisone injection in his A/C joint. http://t.co/95Zz6Og9nb
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 6, 2013
Kemp's left shoulder is his surgically repaired shoulder. This past offseason, he needed the surgery to fix a torn labrum and some rotator cuff damage. Kemp has struggled at the plate this season, and though he won't blame any of his woes on the shoulder, it's obvious he's not the same guy who finished second in MVP voting 2011 and then was the best hitter in the National League for the first two months in 2012.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, Carl Crawford just came off the DL, so with the emergence of Yasiel Puig and the presence of Crawford and Andre Ethier, the Dodgers do have three legitimate starting outfielders.
Kemp, 28, is hitting .254/.309/.357 with four homers, 24 RBI and nine stolen bases this season.
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