After taking his rehab assignment from Rancho Cucamonga to the Dodgers spring training complex at Camelback Ranch, outfielder Matt Kemp has been shut down indefinitely with a hamstring injury.
This will be the fourth signifiant injury that Kemp has suffered this season and it’s the same hamstring he injured back in May. Kemp was working his way back from an ankle injury and after not getting a hit with Rancho, it’s been a frustrating rehab process.
Appearing on the Max and Marcellus Show on ESPN Radio 710, general manager Ned Colletti talked about the injury:
It’s been one thing connected to the other. We’ve tried to take every precaution and continue to work his legs. It’s been a rugged year for him to say the least. It’s been a tough road back and he continued to work his way back and get stalled on the rehab. I’m not sure how long the hamstring will keep him off the active roster.
It isn’t known whether or not the injury will end Kemp’s season, but it’s likely that he won’t play a game before the end of the regular season. If the Dodgers were to make the World Series, he could come back and be the designated hitter.
While Kemp has battled injuries the past two seasons, he started an average of 151 games from 2008-2011 as he put up MVP caliber numbers and was rewarded with a lucrative long term deal.
It’s unfortunate to hear that Kemp got shutdown, but the Dodgers have won without him in the lineup this year and hopefully everyone continues to play at a high level.
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