It was news that Dodger fans everywhere didn’t expect: Matt Kemp is out for the season with the same ankle injury that sidelined him for over two months.
Kemp was scratched from the lineup Saturday night and it was revealed shortly after the Dodgers postseason rally yesterday that he was shut down for the season. Without Kemp and possibly Andre Ethier, who is still recovering from an ankle injury himself, the Dodgers are looking at the prospects of starting Skip Schumaker in center field on Thursday.
Kemp’s injury is especially hard to swallow since the star outfielder was hitting so well after he was activated off the DL. In nine starts following his activation, Kemp hit .333 with a home run, three doubles and six RBIs.
Without Kemp for most of the season, the Dodgers went through one of the greatest turnarounds in baseball history, including a 42-8 50-game stretch at one point.
Last night, Kemp was hobbling around outside a movie theater and talked about how he thinks the Dodgers will win without him: