Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp grabs at his left shoulder after his first… (John G. Mabanglo / EPA )
PHOENIX – Matt Kemp underwent a MRI exam on his left shoulder Tuesday that confirmed the medical staff’s original diagnosis of irritation in his AC joint, according to Manager Don Mattingly.
Kemp received an injection of platelet-rich plasma and is expected to be ready to be activated on July 21, the day he is eligible to return from the disabled list.
Kemp underwent the MRI exam in Los Angeles, where he was seen by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The medical staff remains convinced that Kemp’s latest injury is unrelated to the labrum surgery he underwent in the off-season.
Kemp’s issues with his AC joint predated his head-on collision with the outfield wall in Colorado last year that led to his operation.
He had a similar discomfort in his AC joint in April. He received a cortisone injection and was ready to play two days later.
The Dodgers aren’t concerned that Kemp’s AC joint will be a long-term problem. Even if surgery is required, the procedure would be minor. Javy Guerra underwent surgery last winter to clean up his AC joint and was ready to pitch in spring training.