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.
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.
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.
October 1, 2012 |
Mike Trout and Matt Kemp wear two of the most popular jerseys in Major League Baseball, based on sales since the All-Star break. Trout, the Angels' rookie sensation, ranks fifth on the list of jersey sales announced Monday by MLB. The four most popular jerseys, in order, are those worn by Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, Ichiro Suzuki of the Yankees and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals. Matt Kemp, the Dodgers' center fielder and runner-up in last year's National League MVP voting, ranks 11th.
July 9, 2013 |
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.
May 6, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Matt Kemp was scratched from the Dodgers' starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday due to tightness in his left hamstring. The move was seen as precautionary for Kemp and he was available to pinch-hit, the Dodgers said. Tony Gwynn Jr. replaced him in center field. Kemp is batting .392, his 12 home runs are the most in major-league baseball and he was named the National League's player of the month in April. Kemp also has appeared in 392 consecutive games, the most among active players.