Matt Kemp re-aggravated his injured hamstring last night in what was just his second game back from the disabled list.
The Los Angeles Dodgers star center fielder suffered the injury while rounding third base. Kemp slowed on his way to the plate, but it’s wasn’t immediately obvious that he tweaked the hamstring.
He pulled up enough for manager Don Mattingly to notice, and after he informed Kemp he had no choice to remove him from the game, Kemp snapped a bat over his knee in frustration and stormed off into the clubhouse.
Here’s what Kemp told reporters after the game:
“It’s hurting pretty good right now. It feels worse than the first time, I hope the MRI comes back good and we can go from there. This happens in sports. It happens when you’re fast.”
Kemp, the runner-up in last year’s National League MVP voting, was off to another tremendous start before the injury. The 27-year-old has 12 home runs in just 36 games and is slugging .719 in 2012. His hopes of a 40-40 season are over, and you have to wonder how many bases he’ll steal and how he’ll hold up in center field dealing with a nagging hamstring injury.
Kemp is scheduled to have an MRI sometime today, but judging by the following quote I would speculate at the moment that he’ll miss at least a month.
“This is the first time I’ve ever had a hamstring problem and I know they’re tricky, they can come back. I have to take it slow and let it heal. It felt good, it really did. I thought it was 100 percent, but it’s still lingering.”
The Dodgers went 9-5 while Kemp was on the DL from May 14-28. Los Angeles boasts baseball’s best record at 32-17.