September 8, 2013 |
I kicked butt in basic math. No kidding, sabermetric lovers, I was a star. Would take those national math tests, score in the 98 percentile and take bows as my name was read aloud to my awed middle school classmates. Then I went to high school and took algebra, and that was the end of my stardom and the beginning of hiding in the back of class. Still, I need only call on those pre-high school skills to formulate that Matt Kemp is about out of time. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Cincinnati before Sunday night's game against the Reds that Stan Conte, the team's vice president of medical services, said Kemp will need at least 10 more days to be ready for a game.
July 10, 2012 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Kemp put on his All-Star batting practice jersey, getting ready for the last game he plans on watching for some time. Kemp has not played since May 30 because of a strained left hamstring and has not hit a home run since April 30. He still leads the Dodgers in home runs. "I'm excited to get back," Kemp said. "I've been a cheerleader for the past month and a half. " The Dodgers plan to activate him from the disabled list on Friday. Andre Ethier (strained oblique)
April 4, 2013 |
OK, repeat after the Dodgers: It's only three games, it's only three games. True, of course. There will no doubt be plenty of times during the course of a 162-game series that the offense will go silent, where their big bats are made to look small. But when it's the first three games of the season, things can get magnified. And three games or not, there is something just wrong about Clayton Kershaw leading the team in home runs. So, three games or not, it doesn't look right that Matt Kemp (0 for 10)
August 9, 2013 |
Even the warmest of stories can have the saddest of endings, and so it is with Joshua Jones, the fatally ill young fan befriended so memorably by Matt Kemp last May. Jones is the 19-year-old Dodgers fan Kemp gave his cap, jersey and cleats to after making the final out in a Dodgers loss at AT&T Park. It was heartwarming, even touching Giants fans. Then, three weeks later, Kemp flew Jones and his family to Los Angeles for a game at Dodger Stadium, bringing them on the field to meet teammates.
August 31, 2012 |
Matt Kemp is back in the Dodgers' lineup. Kemp missed the last two games after crashing into the center-field wall at Coors Field on Tuesday. Kemp will bat cleanup on Friday for the first time this season, part of what appears to be an effort by Manager Don Mattingly to shake up his surprisingly unproductive lineup. Recently acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will bat third. In other news, closer Kenley Jansen was seen on Friday playing catch in the Dodger Stadium outfield with bullpen catcher Rob Flippo.
April 17, 2013 |
The Dodgers gave center fielder Matt Kemp his first day off this season, benching him for Wednesday's game. Kemp is batting .185 overall and .053 with runners in scoring position, with 17 strikeouts in 54 at-bats. Manager Don Mattingly watched as Kemp took early batting practice for the second time in three days. Mattingly and Kemp each said the center fielder has no injury issues, with his surgically repaired shoulder or otherwise. "There's nothing wrong with me," Kemp said.