While the Dodgers lost their second straight game to the Braves on Sunday, they didn’t get the news they wanted on injured stars Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez.
Kemp returned to Los Angeles after he spent 10 days at the team’s spring training facility in Camelback Ranch and was seen running prior to the series finale against the Braves. However, the news didn’t sound too good from Don Mattingly according to Arash Markazi of ESPNLA.com:
“At this point I think we’ve hit a little bit of a snag because he felt a little something today still,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “The reason he came back was to let Doc check him out, get him on the field and try to extend him as far as he could and see where he’s at.
“He’s not quite there,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think he’s going to be ready on Friday.”
The sting of losing Kemp has been eased by the amazing performance of outfielder Yasiel Puig this past week, but it’s another reminder of how badly injured this team is.
This isn’t the first time Kemp has dealt with a hamstring injury since he battled the same injury on his other leg last season which forced him to miss a significant portion of the season.
While it sounds like Kemp has suffered a setback, the same could be said about Ramirez as he hasn’t been in the lineup the past four games.
Mattingly is concerned enough about Ramirez’s injury that he’s having an MRI:
“He’s having continued problems, enough where they want to get another look at this thing,” Mattingly said. “We’ll find out if it’s going to be more serious than we talked about. We’ll find out if this ends up being something more long term.”
To add insult to injury, Ramirez and Kemp are just two of the many Dodgers injured as Carl Crawford and now Andre Ethier are injured as well.
Ethier fouled a ball off his foot last night and wasn’t available for this afternoon’s game.