The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Matt Kemp on the 15 day Disabled List a couple of weeks ago when he suffered a hamstring injury. Kemp said he never felt that bad, and would definitely be back as soon as he was eligible to return to the lineup.
Well, he was right. He returned the first day possible. He then went on to injure himself during that same game, and now he is headed back to the disabled list, only this time, it is expected that he will be out far more than the disabled list stint calls for at 15 days.
I guess baseball truly learns nothing from football.
We see it all the time. Football players, especially running backs and wide receivers, suffer a hamstring injury and then rush back, only to suffer the same injury again and miss even more time then they would have had they allowed themselves enough time to heal in the first place.
MVP caliber outfielders are apparently no different.
Hamstrings are tricky. They are not like a broken bone or a sprained ankle. You may feel as if you are ready to resume to full playing action, but your body really needs almost twice as much time to recover as your what your mind may be telling you.
So although Kemp may have reached all the milestones that the Dodgers’ trainers had asked, when we are talking about one of the best players on the planet, it is always smart to play things just a bit safer.
They can all think about that for the next four-to-six weeks while Kemp is sidelined, allowing the San Francisco Giants the possibility of sneaking back into the race in the National League West.
Kelley writes for The Pigskin Report as well as Hardball Chat. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24 and Like The Rob Kelley Sports Network on Facebook. Kelley is a former sports reporter for various newspapers throughout the state of Florida, and had his first book published I'm Not a Quitter after moving back to Massachusetts.