It was a great weekend for anyone affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers as the high-profile club flexed its muscles and appears to be hitting its stride. However, the injury-prone Matt Kemp is doing his best to throw a monkey wrench into the Dodgers’ recent success. While Kemp did return to the LA lineup for the first time in two weeks on Sunday, he also injured himself on a slide attempt in the ninth inning of a Dodgers’ 9-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
There was a time when Kemp was a staple of consistency for the Dodgers, but now the outfielder is simply an overrated and fluky middle-of-the lineup bat. With that being said, the two-time MLB All-Star looked very sharp before injuring himself in Sunday’s game — Kemp was 3-4 with a home run and three RBI.
With Yasiel Puig‘s historic start to his season and Hanley Ramirez smashing the cover off of the ball, the Dodgers have been able to win without Kemp in 2013. However, if LA really wants to compete on a yearly basis they need to have a healthy and consistent No. 27 on the diamond. For now, Kemp awaits the Dodgers’ doctors, who will notify him whether or not he can play on his injured left ankle.
Once again, the two-time Silver Slugger Award winner is toying with LA and its fans.