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Dodgers' Matt Kemp late scratch as ankle sore again

September 28, 2013|By Steve Dilbeck
  • Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was scratched from the lineup Saturday night for precautionary reasons because of soreness in his left ankle.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was scratched from the lineup Saturday night… (Lisa Blumenfeld / Getty…)

And for today’s scare, the Dodgers bring you Matt Kemp.

Kemp was a late scratch Friday night, the Dodgers said he was removed for precautionary reasons because of left ankle soreness.

This is the same ankle that earlier caused Kemp to sit out 53 games. He came off the disabled list Sept. 16 and had started every game but one since.

Kemp has been on the DL three times this season because of a hamstring strain, soreness from off-season shoulder surgery and the ankle issue. While rehabbing the ankle, he also irritated the hamstring again.

In the 11 games since coming off the DL, Kemp has hit .314 with one home run and six runs batted in. Kemp has appeared in only 17 of the Dodgers' first 161 games.

The Dodgers are already playing short one outfielder. Andre Ethier remains out because of shin splint-like symptoms in his left leg.

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