MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - INSIDE PITCH
Matt Kemp used to be one of the most durable players in the National League.
He played at least 155 games in each of four seasons (2008-11) and had a streak of 399 consecutive games played. That ended in May 2012 when Kemp went on the DL with a hamstring injury, and he has now been on the DL four times since that streak ended.
Kemp returned to the DL Monday with an irritation of the AC joint in his left shoulder. He suffered the injury on a swing Friday in San Francisco. He received a cortisone injection in the shoulder -- his second this season, it was later revealed -- and the Dodgers were optimistic he would be ready to play on Monday.
Kemp tried to hit during the Dodgers' early workout that day and "it didn't go well," as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly put it. Kemp was placed on the DL and went back to Los Angeles, where an MRI and examination by Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed the diagnosis of an AC joint irritation. The Dodgers maintain the affected area does not involve the labrum or rotator cuff that Kemp had surgically repaired last October and he should be ready to return when he is eligible to come off the DL after the All-Star break.
"It's going to take more than a couple days," Kemp said. "I just want to play, but I want to be 100 percent when I play. I'm not good when I'm 70, 80 percent. I might be all right, but I want to be good."
Kemp hasn't been very good, posting numbers below his career norm in every offensive category (power numbers in particular). Much of that has been attributed to the difficulty of returning from last fall's shoulder surgery. However, Kemp had shown signs of improvement before the AC joint injury. He was on a 4-for-10 run and even hit home runs in back-to-back games during the Dodgers' series in Colorado last week.
"I actually started feeling really good at the plate the last three or four games before that happened," Kemp said. "Hopefully, I just don't lose that feeling."
Kemp's injury postpones Mattingly's dilemma on how to keep four outfielders productive and happy. He met with Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford after Crawford was activated from the DL on Friday to discuss how the playing time would be divided. Puig, Ethier and Crawford went a combined 3-for-17 Wednesday in the Dodgers' 7-5, 14-inning win over the Diamondbacks.
"I want to be out there and help my team out," Kemp said. "I want to help them win. But right now, injuries are holding me back. ... I thought everything was good. My shoulder's been good. I took a long swing and something felt wrong. I've just to go deal with it."
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won three
PAST 10 GAMES: 8-2
NEXT: Rockies (Drew Pomeranz, 0-2, 9.72) at Dodgers (Chris Capuano, 2-6, 5.19)
--INF/OF Skip Schumaker lost the appeal of his two-game suspension for his part in the June 11 brawl between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks and began serving the ban Wednesday. Schumaker was cited for "aggressive actions." He also will miss the opener of the Dodgers' home series against Colorado that begins Thursday. Arizona RHP Ian Kennedy did not appeal his 10-game suspension, while former D-backs INF Eric Hinske had his suspension decreased from five games to one.
--SS Hanley Ramirez finished a triple short of the cycle Wednesday, and his solo homer leading off the 14th inning was the go-ahead run in the Dodgers' 6-5 victory. "My teammates and everybody here gives me that confidence. I really appreciate that. When you have that confidence, everything comes easy," Ramirez said. Ramirez, who had a career-high 19-game hitting streak stopped Tuesday, is hitting .409 on the season.
--LHP Chris Capuano, who was temporarily bumped from the rotation when RHP Ricky Nolasco was acquired last Saturday, will start Thursday against the Rockies. In his last start, July 4, he gave up six runs (five earned) and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 9-5 loss at Colorado. Capuano, who has persevered through two Tommy John surgeries, is 5-9 with a 4.24 ERA in 16 career appearances, 15 starts, against the Rockies. He had one of his four career complete games in Coors Field in July 2006.
--RHP Carlos Marmol gave up a solo home run in his lone inning Wednesday afternoon during in his first appearance for Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Marmol, obtained from the Cubs for RHP Matt Guerrier last weekend, has been working on a delivery adjustment. Manager Don Mattingly said there is no timetable for Marmol's arrival in Los Angeles and that his role will not be determined until he arrives.
--RHP Josh Beckett underwent surgery to treat his thoracic outlet syndrome in Dallas on Wednesday. The procedure, performed by Dr. Greg Pearl, included the removal of Beckett's first right rib to alleviate pressure on his nerves. Beckett is expected to be ready for spring training in 2014.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "What's happening right now to us is incredible. Everybody wants to be part of it right now." -- SS Hanley Ramirez, after the Dodgers' 15th win in 18 games, a 7-5, 14-inning decision over the Diamondbacks. Ramirez's 14th-inning homer provided the go-ahead run.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - ROSTER REPORT
--CF Matt Kemp (left shoulder AC joint inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 6. He received positive news after an MRI in Los Angeles on July 9. Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp is unlikely to need a rehab assignment and should return from the disabled list when eligible July 21.
--LHP Ted Lilly (neck strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 5. He received an epidural injection in mid-June. He was hit in the leg by a line drive during his first rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on June 30, but he started for Rancho Cucamonga again July 6. The Dodgers will try to set up a simulated game for Lilly, perhaps as early as July 10, manager Don Mattingly said.
--RHP Stephen Fife (right shoulder bursitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7. He will miss one start before the All-Star break but is expected to be ready to return to the starting rotation during the second series after the All-Star break.
--RHP Josh Beckett (strained left groin, numbness in right hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 14 due to the groin injury. He began a light throwing program as of May 21, but he was shut down May 27 due to tingling in the fingers on his right hand. He resumed throwing in late June, then was shut down again. He was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, and he underwent season-ending surgery to remove a rib July 10.
--RHP Shawn Tolleson (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 13. He had surgery April 25 to treat a herniated disk. He began a throwing program in early July, and he is expected to be sidelined until at least late July.
--LHP Scott Elbert (arthroscopic left elbow surgeries in September 2012 and January 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 31. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on May 10, then moved to Double-A Chattanooga on May 17. He was shut down in early June due to renewed elbow pain, and he underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery June 7.
--RHP Chad Billingsley (Tommy John surgery in April 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 16, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 10. He's out for the season.
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Zack Greinke
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
RHP Ricky Nolasco
RHP Kenley Jansen (closer)
RHP Brandon League
RHP Ronald Belisario
LHP J.P. Howell
RHP Chris Withrow
LHP Paco Rodriguez
RHP Jose Dominguez
LHP Chris Capuano
1B Adrian Gonzalez
2B Mark Ellis
SS Hanley Ramirez
3B Jerry Hairston Jr.
INF Nick Punto
INF Juan Uribe
LF Carl Crawford
CF Andre Ethier
RF Yasiel Puig
OF Skip Schumaker
OF Scott Van Slyke