Matt Kemp headed to disabled list with shoulder injury

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Matt Kemp, getting his lingering shoulder issue checked out Friday.
Matt Kemp getting his lingering shoulder issue checked out Friday. (USATSI)

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Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with left AC joint inflammation. The move is retroactive to Saturday.

Kemp, 28, hasn't been able to shake loose from offseason surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff damage. He clearly hasn't been himself at the plate all season, continuing to struggle with the issue. On Friday night, the Dodgers announced Kemp was removed from the game due to AC joint irritation in the shoulder.

Kemp averaged 159 games played per season from 2008-11, so this isn't an issue of injury proneness. It's just something he hasn't been able to beat since crashing into the Coors Field wall last season.

For the Dodgers, the emergence of Yasiel Puig and the healthy return late last week of Carl Crawford means they have enough outfield depth -- along with Andre Ethier -- to deal with this injury. Still, in the long run, a healthy Matt Kemp is an MVP-caliber player and would provide a boost to the lineup.

Kemp, a two-time All-Star, is hitting just .254/.309/.357 with 11 doubles, four homers, 24 RBI and nine stolen bases this season.

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