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Dodgers News: Matt Kemp Placed On Disabled List With Ankle Sprain

Just when everyone thought the Dodger injuries woes were behind them, outfielder Matt Kemp was placed back on the disabled list after playing just one game over the weekend.

This will be Kemp’s third stint on the DL as he’s missed time with a strained hamstring and strained shoulder at various points in the season.

The news is even more frustrating as Kemp looked locked in against the Nationals as he belted a solo home run and three RBIs on the afternoon.

However, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times first reported that Kemp was going back on the DL and Ted Lily was activated in his place:

 

Without Kemp in the lineup, the Dodgers will field an outfield primarily made up of Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig.

With trade rumors surrounding him since Puig’s arrival, Ethier has come alive in July as he’s hitting .333 with two home runs and 10 RBIs so far in July.

2013 hasn’t been kind to Kemp as he was hitting around .250 for most of the season before finally showing his old self on Sunday in Washington.

Kemp and manager Don Mattingly didn’t think the ankle injury would be severe enough to warrant a DL stint, but with the way the Dodgers are playing, they can afford to be extra cautious.

As has been the mantra for most of the season, getting Kemp healthy and plugging him into a lineup that features Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez is a scary proposition for the rest of the NL West.

 

Written by Ross Gasmer

Ross Gasmer is a Social Media Producer for @TheHerd and was a contributing writer and editor for Dodger Nation. Follow him on Twitter @Ross_Gasmer12

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