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MLB Injury News:
Matt Kemp has aggravated his hamstring while trying to rehabilitate his injured ankle according to Kevin J Wells of The Washington Times. He suffered from the hamstring back on May 29th in Anaheim, and has only played in 11 games since.
While running the bases in a rehab outing, Kemp felt tightness in his hamstring. The Dodgers have shut him down indefinitely, which this late in the season means Kemp may not be back this year.
At the end of May, Kemp hit the 15-day disabled list with a strained hamstring. Kemp suffered some setbacks during his recovery, which caused him to miss 24 games before being reinstated from the DL on June 25th.
Once back, Kemp was able to stay healthy for only ten games. For these ten games, Kemp’s numbers did improve a little. He batted .273 at the plate and doubled his homerun total for the year with two more homeruns.
On July 8th, Matt Kemp returned to the DL, this time he reinjured his shoulder while swinging at a pitch that he missed. Kemp was returned July 21st for a game against the Washington Nationals. Kemp had a great game, going 3 for 4 with a home run. Unfortunately, he had a base running mistake that resulted in an awkward slide at the plate and an injured ankle.
The ankle took longer to heal and when Kemp did start playing in rehab games, his production was not good. The Dodgers decided to have Kemp play in some more rehab games before being activated.
The Dodgers signed Kemp to the extension after his 2011 MVP season. Kemp batted .324 with 39 homers, 126 knocked in, 115 runs, and 40 stolen bases while finishing second to Ryan Braun in MVP voting. He played in 51 games to start the 2013 season, 49 of which he was the starting centerfielder.
Kemp was highly ineffective, however, at the plate due to a weakened shoulder that had not yet fully recovered from offseason surgery. He batted .251 with just two homeruns and 17 RBIs. In those 51 games, Kemp struck out 60 times compared to just 14 walks.
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