Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/23/12

The Los Angeles Dodgers were bound to struggle offensively without superstar Matt Kemp, who was placed on the

disabled list on May 14. But they have done anything but struggle, with several players taking turns

fulfilling the hero role.

Tuesday's example was Ivan De Jesus Jr., who drove in the tying run in the seventh inning, then hit a

booming two-run double in the ninth to give the Dodgers a comeback 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks in a game

they once trailed by five runs.

The first extra-base hit of De Jesus' career capped quite a return for the infielder.

De Jesus was the Dodgers' minor league player of the year in 2008, but missed nearly a year after

breaking his leg in spring training in 2009. Despite being on the 40-man roster, he was passed over for

September call-ups in both 2010 and 2011.

Even this season, De Jesus was surpassed on the depth chart by 27-year old utility man Elian Herrera.

But as literally the last healthy infielder on the 40-man roster, De Jesus was recalled on Saturday when

Mark Ellis was placed on the disabled list. Now, De Jesus is simply the latest hero for a team that is 30-

13, owners of the best record in baseball.

"This wonder team has now won six in a row, and we're using unusual names, like Justin Sellers and Matt

Treanor, and tonight, Ivan De Jesus joining Scott Van Slyke," said broadcaster Vin Scully after Tuesday's


DeJesus helped the Dodgers to a 7-2 record without Kemp, and the club has averaged 5.11 runs per game in

Kemp's absence.

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