If this were 2011 or even 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers would be rushing Matt Kemp back to action. However, the 2013 LA squad hardly needs Kemp on the diamond.
With the emergence of Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford turning in a rather impressive campaign, Kemp is no longer looked upon as the Dodgers’ lone power bat in the outfield. Therefore, news of Kemp getting “shut down” for the rest of the season really isn’t troubling for die-hard Dodgers fans.
LA has only seen Kemp play in 62 games this season, and the two-time All-Star has hardly looked like himself. In fact, if the Dodgers decide to shut him down for the rest of the year then Kemp’s five home runs of 2013 would be the lowest single-season mark of his entire career. It’s uncanny to think that in just a few months Kemp went from being the face of the Dodgers’ franchise to a fourth outfielder, who struggles to stay healthy.
If you’re looking for a silver lining with Kemp…you’re going to have a tough time. This guy has been bit by the injury bug time and time again — Kemp has missed a total of 133 games in the last two years, which is 44% of the Dodgers’ games in that time frame. Surely the Dodgers would welcome a healthy Kemp back to their playoff roster, but it would be foolish for LA to rush the two-time Gold Glove Winner back to action when he just isn’t at the top of his game.