As the injuries were mounting and the Dodgers were losing, there were concerns the team had peaked too early. However, optimism for a deep playoff run was restored yesterday with the return of Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp.
With Kemp finally returning from a sprained ankle and tight hamstring and Ramirez only missing five games with an irritated nerve in his back, both led the Dodgers to a 9-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Behind four hits from Kemp and three runs scored by Hanley, the Dodgers have their first chance to clinch the NL West for the first time since 2009 tonight.
With the postseason near, manager Don Mattingly is optimistic that Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford are getting healthy. While Ethier is still wearing a protective boot on his left ankle, he could resume workouts on the field as soon as this weekend. Crawford has been playing catch and is hopeful that anti-inflammatory medication will resolve his recurring lower back issues and is in the lineup tonight.
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