Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is sidelined yet again with an ankle injury after not hustling last Sunday afternoon in Washington.
Kemp’s been on the DL already twice this season with a strained hamstring and shoulder as the Dodgers haven’t had their quartet of outfielder healthy at any point this season.
While manager Don Mattingly thought Kemp would avoid the DL, he was in fact disabled and according to Austin Laymance of Dodgers.com, the team is hopeful of a August 6 activation:
At this point, I’m just kind of hopeful that he’s going to be ready to roll in 15 days,” manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s still limping a little bit. Yesterday, he came in and said he felt really good.
While 2013 has been disappointing for Kemp, he looked sharp last Sunday as he had three hits, including a solo home run and 3 RBIs.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are just fine starting Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig in their outfield as they’re likely to keep all four past the July 31 trade deadline.
Unfortunately, Kemp hurt himself while being lazy rounding third in the ninth inning of a blowout and Mattingly hopes Kemp learns from it:
Everything you do as a player you want to learn from. You make mistakes on the field and you want guys to learn from that and get better from that. Matt doesn’t want to do that again. So, you’d like to think that makes him a little bit better.
The Dodgers have won 24 of their last 30 games and are atop the NL West standings, but getting Kemp back would make their lineup even more devastating for an opposing pitcher.
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