Among the 18 players moved to the disabled list this season by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the most devastating for the fantasy baseball owners has to be OF Matt Kemp. Kemp was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury on May 30th, which is starting to become a yearly occurrence for the two-time All-Star. Kemp was thought to be a MVP candidate by many baseball pundits, but he has been nothing but a headache this fantasy season.
Through 51 games the slugger has only hit two home runs with 17 RBIs. The outfielder is hitting just .251, which is a far cry from his gaudy .324 average from the 2011 season. Most would expect him to be among the league leaders in these categories, but he hasn’t even played like a top-30 fantasy outfielder this season. Now that he is back on the shelf, his fantasy value will plummet even more.
This is the second straight season that Kemp has found himself on the DL. Kemp had a streak of playing in at least 155 games in four consecutive seasons (2008-11), but that abruptly came to an end last year. In 2012, Kemp was placed on the DL twice with hamstring injuries and the center fielder ended up having surgery in the summer to fix a shoulder injury. Kemp’s latest injury marks his fourth serious injury in the last 18 months, which is never a promising sign in fantasy.
The Bison is a workout warrior during the off-season and many are beginning to wonder if he is simply overworking himself during the down months. There is such a thing as working too hard, and anyone who has seen Kemp’s workout routine would have to admit that it is a little much for a mere human.
Kemp is still worth hanging onto, if for no other reason than the fact that you invested such a high pick in him. He should be back in a couple weeks, though, so keep an eye on his progress and hope for the best when he returns.