On May 13, 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ center fielder Matt Kemp re-aggravated a preexisting hamstring injury. At the time, Kemp was determined to not be placed on the DL, but after an MRI, the Dodgers’ training staff decided it would be best for him to sit out for 15 days.
On May 29, 2012, Kemp was reinstated from the DL and played his first game, going 1-for-4. The next day, he re-aggravated the same injury.He did not return until mid-July and although he had a decent season, he never got back into the same rhythm as the prior year when he finished second in the NL MVP vote.
Kemp’s injury issues have not subsided during the 2013 season, already having spent 15 days on the DL earlier. On July 6, 2013, Kemp was put on the 15-day DL for the second time this season. Fortunately, the two injuries were unrelated: one was a hamstring issue and the more recent a shoulder problem.
As Kemp sits down to heal up, the Dodgers must learn from their mistakes and not let him return until they are sure that he is fully healthy and is not at risk for re-aggravating an injury that is not completely healed. Given Kemp’s competitive spirit, this will not be an easy task for the Dodgers organization.
Recent reports have stated that manager Don Mattingly does not plan on letting Kemp even swing a bat until after the All-Star Break. If it were up to me, I would make him wait even longer than that.
Dodgers head trainer Sue Falsone must limit the star and ensure that he is truly ready to go not just for Kemp’s sake, but also for the Dodgers’ sake. The team needs Kemp to be healthy so that he can get back on track and lead them to the postseason.
Isaac Comelli is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @IsaacComelli, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+. You can see all of his articles here.