Injury Roll Call: Matt Kemp’s shoulder looks okay after scare, Javy Guerra off DL in minors

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Matt Kemp re-injured his left shoulder on a swing Friday. He was checked on, stayed in the game, walked that at-bat, took the field for half an inning, and then was finally removed for precautionary reasons.

Kemp swung at a pitch from Matt Cain in the second inning then immediately gripped his left shoulder and made a long walk around home plate. He was met by team trainers and after a few practice swings stayed in the game. But Kemp never had a chance to test the shoulder with a real swing, as Cain threw him three straight balls to turn a 1-2 advantage into a walk.

Kemp remained in the game in center field in the bottom of the second, but was pinch hit for by Carl Crawford in the third inning.

Kemp’s injury was to the AC joint in his left shoulder.

“It sounds like it’s good. The fact that it’s the AC joint was a lot better than it could have been, on the other side of that,” Mattingly told reporters after the Dodgers’ 10-2 win over the Giants, as shown on the Prime Ticket broadcast. “It was instant and he got relief. The last time we did this it was only a couple of days and he should be ready to roll.”

The AC joint is not in the same part of the shoulder where Kemp had surgery in October, a procedure to repair a torn labrum. Mattingly said Kemp also had an issue with the AC joint earlier in the season.

“We knew he had the AC stuff earlier in the year, and it sounds like something you could deal with over the course of the year,” Matingly said. “It’s something that gets sore but with what (the medical department does) it can go away. It hasn’t affected anything.”

What the medical department did on Friday for Kemp is administer a cortisone shot, per Plunkett.

Kemp is day-to-day with the irritated joint, and he has spoken to other players who have torn the labrum in their shoulder about pain in the AC joint and heard that it’s a common occurrence.

Don Mattingly doesn’t expect Kemp to be out long, in fact he should play on Monday.

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Carl Crawford completed his rehab assignment, and though he felt ready to return after a few games, the Dodgers played it safe and made him rehab for a couple more games.

Carl Crawford played in his fourth and final rehab game as part of the star outfielder’s rehab assignment with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Los Angeles Dodgers High-A affiliate, on Wednesday night.

Crawford, slotted as the team’s designated hitter after playing consecutive games in left field, went 1-for-3 with a walk and stolen base. In his four rehab games with the Quakes, Crawford hit 5-13 with a walk, two runs scored and three runs batted in.

Crawford felt ready to return to the major leagues after Tuesday’s game, but the Dodgers planned on him playing at least four rehab games to be safe.

Nonetheless, the 31-year-old outfielder already felt as if he’s ready to rejoin his teammates at the major league level, telling me his rehab is complete and that he’ll join the Dodgers in San Francisco.

Crawford did indeed make his return on Friday but did not start. He did enter the game once Kemp suffered his shoulder injury, though.

The Dodgers on Friday activated outfielder Carl Crawford from the disabled list, just over a month after he strained his right hamstring. However, despite his activation from the DL, Crawford is not in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Friday night against the Giants.

As has been said before, the outfield clutter was always seemingly less of a problem with this team and their propensity for injury.

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Yasiel Puig injured his hip and leg after crashing into the cursed outfield wall at Coors Field.

Yasiel Puig left Wednesday night’s game against the Rockies in the sixth inning, one inning after colliding with the right field wall at Coors Field in Denver. Puig appeared to hurt his leg while hitting the fence after catching a drive by Nolan Arenado in the fifth inning, then fell to the ground after throwing the ball back to the infield.

X-rays on Puig’s left leg were negative and the Dodgers say he is day-to-day with a bruised left hip and tightness in his left thigh.

Though I would have preferred the Dodgers be extra cautious with the aggressive Puig and give him at least a game off, he was back in the starting lineup the very next night.

He’s been fine since, so this doesn’t appear to be a serious issue.

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Javy Guerra was activated from the AAA disabled list, with Blake Johnson taking his place in a corresponding move.

Albuquerque Isotopes right-handed pitcher Javy Guerra was activated from the disabled list today, July 4. In a corresponding move, righty Blake Johnson was placed onto the disabled list with a right elbow inflammation.

With the Dodgers shipping off two MLB-ready relief prospects recently, Guerra suddenly becomes important depth and potentially the next man in line for a recall.

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Minor-league injury news this week includes Pedro Baez.

Placed On 7-day DL: RHP Pedro Baez, OF Bobby Coyle
Reinstated From DL: RHP Angel Castro, RHP Lindsey Caughel, RHP Sean White, C Pratt Maynard, OF Jeremy Moore, OF Devin Shines

I assume that if Baez’s injury was serious we would have heard more about it by now.

I hope.

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