The Dodgers playoff run has been nothing short of spectacular as Juan Uribe delivered one of the more memorable playoff home runs in Dodger history last night.
However, the run is even more amazing if you consider that Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp are both on the sidelines, with Ethier limited to only pinch-hitting duties in the NLDS. Kemp was lost for the season with an ankle injury, but according to the Dodgers Twitter account, he’ll have another surgery on his shoulder today:
Matt Kemp will undergo a left shoulder clean up on his A-C joint today. Matt Kemp is expected to be ready for spring training. #Dodgers
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 8, 2013
It’s unfortunate that Kemp continues to get hurt, but the good news is he’s expected to be healed of both injuries, ankle and shoulder, by the time spring training rolls around in February.
This season, Kemp dealt with shoulder, hamstring and ankle injuries as he only appeared in 73 games, hitting .270 with six home runs and 33 RBI. After injuring his ankle in late July, Kemp came back to the Dodgers in September and looked to be fully healthy for the playoff push.
Unfortunately, he was a late scratch on September 28 with ankle irritation and when he came onto the field for the postseason rally a day later on crutches, it was revealed that he was shutdown for the entire season.
After the surgery is performed, Kemp will start rehabbing two or three days after and he’ll look to come back stronger than ever for the 2014 season.
In case you missed it, here’s the home run that sent the Dodgers to the NLCS!