Matt Kemp was activated from the disabled list after a bout with irritation in the AC joint of his reconstructed left shoulder. Scott Van Slyke headed back to AAA to make room for Mattycakes.
Kemp had a great day at the plate in his return, reaching base four times (homer, double, single, walk). However, he left the game in the ninth after injuring his left ankle on an awkward play at the plate … and an awkward play overall.
Kemp was on third base with two outs in the ninth inning when Carl Crawford hit a bases loaded ground ball to first base. Kemp, likely thinking the inning would end with that ground out, was not running hard toward home. But Crawford easily beat the play to first base, and Adam LaRoche threw home to get Kemp on a force out. Kemp, trying to beat the throw, lunged at the last moment toward home and turned his left ankle in an awkward touch of the plate.
The Dodgers have said Kemp will not need X-rays or a DL trip in all likelihood, and while I would expect them to play it safe with Kemp’s terrible luck over the last two seasons, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them trot him out right away for whatever reason.
Manager Don Mattingly said after the game that Kemp received treatment on his ankle right away. Mattingly said Kemp’s ankle has a little swelling and that it looked like a sprain, but he didn’t anticipate a stint on the disabled list.
The team announced there are no x-rays needed “at this time” for Kemp, though it’s unknown whether or not that has to do with the amount of swelling still in the ankle.
David Vassegh of KLAC 570 AM noted, “Just watching Kemp walk around clubhouse, he can put hardly any pressure on his ankle.”
Well, the positive is that in the recent games that he’s actually played in, he’s looked great.
Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig both returned to the lineup on Friday after dealing with injuries prior to the All-Star Game.
A full four days of rest during the All-Star break did the Dodgers good, it appears, as outfielders Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford have returned to the starting lineup for their opening game against the Nationals on Friday night in Washington.
Yasiel Puig has been dealing with a sore left hip since running into the right field wall at Coors Field on July 3. He aggravated the injury against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium, which caused him to leave two games early and be held of the starting lineup in two other games.
Crawford is making his first start since July 9, as he was limited to reserve duty with back stiffness. Since returning from the disabled list after a right hamstring injury, Crawford is just 2-for-26 (.077) with two walks, and both hits are bunt singles.
Puig’s injury has clearly affected his play, though he was going to regress to the mean eventually anyway. Just getting him and Crawford back to full speed should help.
Just a few minor-league injury notes this week, and all three involve catchers.
Placed On 7-day DL: C John Cannon
Reinstated From DL: C Steve Cilladi, C Chris O’Brien