The Los Angeles Dodgers will have to deal with an extended absence from Matt Kemp for the first time in over five years.
For one game, they didn't seem to miss him.
The Dodgers will be without their most feared hitter again Tuesday night when they try to match their longest winning streak of the season by sweeping this two-game set with the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles (24-11) owns the best record in baseball partly because of Kemp's .359 average, 12 homers and 28 RBIs. However, he's 0 for 13 over his last four games and has been bothered by a nagging left hamstring injury.
The injury has become serious enough that the Dodgers placed him on the 15-day disabled list Monday for just the second time in his seven-year career and first since April 2007.
"I'm disappointed," Kemp said. "I like playing every game, but I've got to be healthy and playing at 100 percent for me to be effective. So I've got to let it heal. It's going to take some time."
Los Angeles fared just...