April 22, 2013 |
This is not going to be fair, OK? The only thing truly comparable is the name, though that is rather significant. On the surface, it seems reasonable. Comparing Matt Kemp's first 18 games this season to last. That's fair, right? Only last April, Kemp was off to one of baseball's greatest starts. This year, he's scuffling through one of his worst individual periods. Through 18 games last year: .455 batting average with nine homers and 22 runs batted in, with .513 on-base and .924 slugging percentages.
April 12, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO -- As the Dodgers were leaving Petco Park on Thursday, Matt Kemp ran into the player who sent him into a rage earlier in the night: Carlos Quentin. In a hallway between the home and visiting clubhouses, Kemp stood face to face and exchanged angry words with Quentin, who charged the mound and broke Zack Greinke's collarbone in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres. "If a guy's throwing at your head …" Quentin said. PHOTOS: Dodgers vs. Padres Kemp ordered Quentin not to point his finger at him. Kemp and Quentin were guided away from each other by their respective teammates, with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Padres pitcher Clayton Richard playing the role of the peacemakers.
August 30, 2012 |
These days, the Dodgers have to take roll before every game just to make sure they can field a healthy team. They need to hire someone full time just to keep up with their injury report. Here's Thursday's pregame report, subject to change at a moment's notice: - Closer Kenley Jansen was seeing a cardiologist before the game to help him and the Dodgers determine the best course of action for the recurrence of his heart arrhythmia. “We're not really sure on Kenley,” said Manager Don Mattingly.
September 6, 2013 |
There are good problems to have, bad ones and Matt Kemp ones. He could go either way this month, turn into a godsend for the playoffs or a disgruntled player. Kemp is currently rehabbing his latest injury at the Dodgers' training facility in Phoenix after going 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts in a rehab assignment at Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. His sprained ankle - injured in a belated slide just one game off the disabled list - apparently is sound, it's his swing that is having trouble coming around.
May 10, 2013 |
Matt Kemp came to Don Mattingly's defense Friday in light of the mounting speculation regarding the manager's job status. "He doesn't go out there and hit for us, pitch for us, field for us, run for us," Kemp said. "It's not his fault that we're losing. It's the players. " The Dodgers are in last place in the National League West. "All he can do is talk to us and help us out," Kemp said. "That's it. " As much as the Dodgers players like and respect Mattingly, Kemp said rumors about his possible dismissal wouldn't be a distraction.
June 14, 2009 |
For more than an hour and a half Saturday night, the Dodgers had to sit and wait. The reason? A set of lights above the first base line at Rangers Ballpark had to be repaired. With a scoreless tie after five innings and nothing else to do, Matt Kemp spent time catching up with family members seated near the visiting dugout. Juan Pierre watched a feature on the Negro Leagues on the stadium's scoreboard. Andre Ethier retreated to the clubhouse, where he read a magazine.
October 21, 2013 |
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp underwent a left ankle operation Monday that will limit his off-season training program, according to his agent, Dave Stewart. Stewart said Kemp is expected to be ready for opening day. The procedure was performed in North Carolina by famed ankle specialist Robert Anderson. Kemp had torn cartilage removed from his ankle. Kemp was sidelined for all of the playoffs because of problems with the ankle. Dodgers physician Neal ElAttrache feared that if Kemp continued playing, he could break one of the major weight-bearing bones in his foot.
May 29, 2013 |
The Dodgers held their breath Wednesday night. They weren't sure what else to do. All they knew for certain was, Matt Kemp i njured his right hamstring . Kemp and hamstring equaled nothing but bad news last year. And although this is the other leg, and they won't know the severity of his injury until after an MRI scheduled for Thursday, they knew it was bad news. They just weren't certain how bad. Dodgers vice president of medical services, Stan Conte, told Mattingly it was a mild strain.
June 9, 2013 |
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, sidelined with a right hamstring injury since May 30, experienced a mild setback in his recovery, Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. Kemp, who has been working out with the team after rehabbing recently at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., was expected to return to the active roster Friday. “We've hit a little bit of a snag because he felt just a little something today still,” Mattingly said. The medical staff will watch Kemp run Sunday and assess his status.
January 25, 2013 |
No, didn't forget him. The 2012 team recaps conclude with this one on the Dodgers' best overall player. MATT KEMP , 28, outfielder Final 2012 stats: .303 batting average, 23 homers, 69 RBIs, 74 runs scored, nine stolen bases, .367 on-base and .538 slugging percentages in 403 at-bats. Contract status: Beginning the first of an eight-year, $160-million deal . The good: Led the team in home runs, slugging percentage and batting average, and was second in RBI and runs.