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Dodgers place Matt Kemp on disabled list

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Matt Kemp's difficult 2013 season just got a little more difficult.
Matt Kemp's difficult 2013 season just got a little more difficult. USATSI

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The Dodgers have placed Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled after the struggling outfielder strained his right hamstring in Wednesday night's loss to the Angels,'s Jon Heyman has confirmed. Kemp underwent an MRI on Thursday, and the Dodgers made the move shortly thereafter. The strain is characterized as mild.

In 2012, Kemp missed 51 games because of an injured left hamstring. "It's not as bad as last year," Kemp said on Wednesday (source: Los Angeles Times). "But when you feel it grab, you have to take it easy and make sure you're careful with it because it can get worse."

This season Kemp, who's in the second year of an eight-year, $160-million contract, is batting .251/.305/.335 with two home runs in 51 games. For his career, the 28-year-old, two-time All-Star owns an OPS+ of 125.

Kemp also underwent major shoulder surgery last October, and it's been speculated that his still-recovering shoulder has played a role in his struggles this season.

Heyman adds that while Kemp is out, Skip Schumaker and Andre Ethier will handle center-field duties for the time being.

To replace Kemp on the active roster, the Dodgers have recalled catcher Tim Federowicz.

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