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August 12, 2020 01:20 PM
Rockies' Matt Kemp: Sitting out series finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Kemp is stuck in a 4-for-23 slump at the plate over his last eight games, so manager Bud Black will keep him on the bench for the second straight day. Charlie Blackmon will get a turn as the designated hitter Wednesday, but Kemp should still be the primary option for those duties if he's able to pick up the pace at the plate in the near future.

August 11, 2020 05:00 PM
Rockies' Matt Kemp: Heads to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp is not starting Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

Kemp sits after starting nine of the last 10 games. He's looked good at the plate through his first 46 plate appearances for the Rockies this season, hitting .256/.370/462. David Dahl will rest his legs as the designated hitter Tuesday, with Garrett Hampson starting in center field.

August 5, 2020 04:16 PM
Rockies' Matt Kemp: Not starting Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants.

Kemp has been on a tear over four consecutive starts since the Rockies returned to Coors Field, going 4-for-15 with two home runs and five RBI. However, he'll take a breather Wednesday as Charlie Blackmon shifts to designated hitter with Raimel Tapia starting in right field and batting seventh.

August 4, 2020 04:32 PM
Rockies' Matt Kemp: Starting fourth straight game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp will serve as the Rockies' designated hitter for the fourth straight game Saturday.

Kemp started just one of the first six games but seems to be trusted with an everyday role at this point, starting once against a lefty followed by three straight starts against righties. He's made a strong impression in his first 20 plate appearances for the Rockies, hitting .353 with a pair of homers and seven RBI.

August 2, 2020 11:16 PM
Rockies' Matt Kemp: Goes yard again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Sunday against the Padres.

Kemp took Zach Davies deep in the fourth inning, yanking an offering down the left field line and well into the stands. It was his second home run of the season and his second in as many games. While Kemp hasn't been a full-time player, he's managed to get on base eight times in 16 plate appearances and also has a double in addition to the pair of home runs.

August 2, 2020 12:12 AM
Rockies' Matt Kemp: Clubs first homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Padres.

Kemp took Padres reliever Cal Quantrill deep in the third inning for his first homer of the year. Kemp also got aboard with a walk in the fifth and scored on a Chris Owings single. The 35-year-old Kemp has added four RBI and three walks in 12 plate appearances. He doesn't get many starts anymore, but he's been a productive hitter in limited time in 2020.

July 17, 2020 07:12 PM
Rockies' Matt Kemp: Will open season in majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp will begin the season on the Rockies' major-league roster.

Kemp signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies at the end of June, but he impressed enough as part of the team's 60-man roster to earn a spot on the expanded major-league roster to begin the season. The 35-year-old could carve out some playing time this season with Ian Desmond sitting out this year and with the addition of the designated hitter in the National League.

June 30, 2020 10:32 AM
Rockies' Matt Kemp: Joins Rox on minor-league deal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp agreed Tuesday with the Rockies on a minor-league contract, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. He's expected to be added to the Rockies' 60-man roster pool.

Kemp joined the Marlins this offseason on a minor-league deal and had been a candidate to crack the Opening Day roster out of spring training before MLB suspended its season, but Miami apparently released him at some point before announcing its initial 60-man pool Sunday. With the Rockies receiving notice from Ian Desmond on Monday that he would sit out the 60-game season for personal reasons, the team quickly turned its focus to Kemp as a potential replacement. Though the 35-year-old Kemp is well removed from his prime years and no longer offers much value in the field, he could be a viable candidate to fill the designated-hitter role that will be available to the Rockies in 2020. In his last season as an everyday player in 2018 during his second stint with the Dodgers, Kemp slashed .290/.338/.481 with 21 home runs and 85 RBI in 506 plate appearances, earning his third All-Star nod along the way.

February 26, 2020 09:08 PM
Marlins' Matt Kemp: Battling for reserve role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

If Kemp makes the Marlins' 26-man roster, it will likely be in a reserve capacity, Steven Wine of the Associated Press reports. "Matt is in a great spot," manager Don Mattingly said. "He knows where he's at. That's the key for a guy like Matt, where you're not going to be playing six days a week, and understanding that's the role we're looking for."

Kemp suffered a broken rib in April 2019 and missed the final five months of the season. Entering his age-35 season, he settled for an NRI deal with the Marlins, but believes he can still play, citing the fact he was an All-Star in 2018. The expectation is that Corey Dickerson will start in left field with Jonathan Villar starting in center field. That leaves Garrett Cooper, Lewis Brinson, Matt Joyce, Harold Ramirez, Magneuris Sierra and Kemp to battle it out for playing time in right field.

December 18, 2019 11:40 AM
Marlins' Matt Kemp: Lands with Marlins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp (ribs) agreed Wednesday with the Marlins on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

In what might be his final attempt to keep his MLB career going, the 35-year-old Kemp will reunite with Don Mattingly, his manager with the Dodgers from 2011 through 2015. After earning a surprise All-Star nod in 2018, Kemp broke camp with the Reds last season but broke his rib in late April and was released soon after. Kemp then landed a minor-league deal with the Mets, playing in only eight games for the organization's Triple-A affiliate before suffering a setback with the ribs and getting released again. Considering Miami's outfielders combined for just 1.2 WAR (29th in the majors) in 2019, the move to the Marlins probably represents one of the best possible landing spots for Kemp.

July 12, 2019 06:28 PM
Matt Kemp: Released by Mets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp (ribs) has been released by the Mets, Gerard Gilberto of Yahoo reports.

Prior to being released, Kemp was on the 7-day injured list due to lingering effects from a broken left rib suffered in April. This might be the end of the road for Kemp, unless he is willing to take another minor-league deal. He may have to prove he is healthy before given that opportunity.

June 12, 2019 11:28 AM
Mets' Matt Kemp: Lands on minor-league IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp was placed on the 7-day injured list Tuesday at Triple-A Syracuse after the veteran experienced "lingering effects" from the broken left rib he suffered April 21, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

A member of the Reds at the time he suffered the injury, Kemp was placed on the team's 10-day injured list before being released two weeks later. He latched on with the Mets in late May and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate, where he had gone 8-for-34 with a home run and three RBI over his first eight games. Kemp apparently returned to action before the rib completely healed, so he'll be sidelined for an indefinite period before returning to action. The setback likely harms Kemp's chances of eventually earning a callup to the big club.

May 25, 2019 12:32 PM
Mets' Matt Kemp: Inks MiLB deal with Mets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

Kemp was cut loose by the Reds after he struggled to produce at the plate through his first 20 games of 2019 (.200/.210/.283 slash line), but New York will take a chance on the veteran outfielder. He suffered a broken rib near the end of April but appears to have returned to health. Kemp will provide organizational depth for the time being, though there's a good chance he'll surface again in the big leagues if he can find his swing or if the injury bug continues to bite the Mets.

May 4, 2019 03:48 PM
Matt Kemp: Released by Reds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp (ribs) was released by the Reds on Saturday.

Kemp hit just .200/.210/.283 in 20 games before landing on the injured list with a broken rib. The Reds will simply let him go rather than wait for him to recover. The fracture may complicate Kemp's ability to sign another contract, at least in the near future.

April 23, 2019 05:52 PM
Reds' Matt Kemp: Looking at multi-week absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp (ribs) is expected to remain out for at least a few weeks, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Kemp will require longer than the 10-day minimum to recover from a broken rib, likely opening the door for Phillip Ervin to see more opportunities. Kemp was off to a slow start at the dish in 2019 prior to the injury, hitting .200 with a home run and five RBI over 20 games.

April 23, 2019 03:32 PM
Reds' Matt Kemp: Heads to 10-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a broken rib, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Kemp was initially diagnosed with a chest well contusion after running into a wall during Sunday's contest, but it's since been revealed that he fractured a rib. It's unclear if he'll be able to return after the 10-day minimum. Phillip Ervin has been recalled from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move.

April 21, 2019 09:44 PM
Reds' Matt Kemp: Diagnosed with chest wall contusion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp was diagnosed with a chest wall contusion after leaving Sunday's game against the Padres in the fourth inning.

Kemp ran into the wall in the third inning and was pulled shortly thereafter. No timetable was given on the injury, but if he misses further action, Jesse Winker and Scott Schebler should benefit with everyday at-bats.

April 21, 2019 08:36 PM
Reds' Matt Kemp: Battling chest injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp was removed from Sunday's game against the Padres in the fourth inning and is undergoing tests to his chest area, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Kemp ran into the left field wall in the third inning, trying to catch a ball headed over the fence. He wanted to stay in the game, but manager David Bell determined that Kemp was in too much pain. If Kemp is out, Jesse Winker -- who moved over ffrom center to replace Kemp Sunday -- and Scott Schebler could both get a slight bump in playing time.

April 15, 2019 05:04 PM
Reds' Matt Kemp: Batting cleanup Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp is starting in left field and batting cleanup Monday against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, Mark Sheldon of reports.

Kemp is one of eight right-handed hitters in the lineup to face Kershaw. He's hitting a paltry .162/.162/.243 so far this season, with 14 strikeouts and no walks, though he did homer last week against the Marlins.

April 10, 2019 02:44 PM
Reds' Matt Kemp: Goes deep for first time in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kemp went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs in a 14-0 victory against the Marlins on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old was the first of three straight batters to hit a home run for the Reds in the sixth Tuesday night. With the blast, Kemp picked up his first homer and RBI with the Reds this season. He is 4-for-27 (.148) with one extra-base hit, three RBI and three runs in nine games.

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Midwest City, OK
Colorado Rockies

MLB Experience:

2009: NL Gold Glove-CF
2011: NL Hank Aaron Award;NL Home Run Champion;NL RBI Leader;NL Gold Glove-CF