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Matt Kemp expected to be ready for opening day following ankle surgery

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Another offseason, another surgery for Matt Kemp.
Another offseason, another surgery for Matt Kemp. (USATSI)

For the second straight offseason, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp needed major surgery. He underwent a procedure to repair torn cartilage in his left ankle on Monday, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Kemp is expected to be ready for the start of the season.

“We're anticipating he'll be ready for the season,” said agent Dave Stewart to Hernandez. Kemp will not able to put any weight on his foot for a month and will then be limited for another month after that, so his offseason routine will be interrupted.

Kemp, 29, had left shoulder surgery last offseason. He had the shoulder cleaned up during a minor procedure earlier this month. Kemp missed significant time with hamstring, shoulder and ankle problems in 2013. He suffered the original ankle injury in late July, his first game off the DL following the shoulder issue.

The ankle surgery was performed by specialist Robert Anderson in North Carolina, who also operated on Derek Jeter's ankle last October. Team doctor Neal ElAttrache feared Kemp would fracture the ankle if he continued to play on it late in the season. He did not play at all in the postseason.

In 73 games this year, Kemp hit .270/.328/.395 (105 OPS+) with six home runs and nine stolen bases. Just last season he hit .303/.367/.538 (147 OPS+) with 23 homers in 106 games around a pair of hamstring problems.

 
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