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Matt Kemp leaves with ankle injury in first game back from 15-day DL

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

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The Dodgers welcomed Matt Kemp back from the 15-day DL on Sunday, and he helped them to a 9-2 win over the Nationals by going 3 for 4 with a double and a home run. Unfortunately, he hurt himself in the process. Kemp left the game in the ninth inning after rolling his left ankle sliding into home.

"It's not bad. I hope it's not bad," said Kemp, per the Associated Press. "The biggest thing will be tomorrow when I wake up and see how it feels."

The team announced that no X-rays are scheduled, but Kemp was limping in the clubhouse and had the ankle treated with ice after the game. Manager Don Mattingly said he doesn't expect his center fielder to hit the DL but cautioned, "That's what I said last time, too."

Kemp, 28, missed a little more than two weeks with soreness in the AC joint of his surgically repaired left shoulder. He missed close to a month with a hamstring problem earlier this season as well. Kemp had the shoulder procedure during the offseason.

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