The news wasn’t good for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp as he was shut down indefinitely with a hamstring injury as he tried to make his way back from a severe ankle sprain he suffered in mid-July.
It’s the same hamstring that Kemp injured in May against the Angels and is now the fourth significant injury of his 2013 season. While he hasn’t been shut down for the season, Tony Jackson of Dodgerscribe.com reports that Kemp hit today at Camelback Ranch:
He had 15 simulated at-bats today at Camelback Ranch, but they were just at-bats. There was no baserunning involved. He will attempt to run tomorrow. There was no definitive statement coming from anyone saying that if he ISN’T able to run tomorrow, he will be shut down for the season, even if common sense would suggest exactly that.
Kemp started a rehab assignment with the Dodgers Class A affiliate at Rancho Cucamonga last week and after not getting a hit in five games, he went to Arizona in an effort to continue to work on his swing.
Obviously it’s a good sign that Kemp started hitting again, the true test will be if he runs tomorrow and how the hamstring reacts to it. With three capable outfielders in Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers can play things safe with Kemp as he doesn’t need to rush back if he isn’t completely healthy.
In his report, Jackson said that there should be more information before tomorrow night’s game as the Dodgers look to avoid a rare sweep at the hands of the Reds.
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