Matt Kemp‘s second home the last couple of seasons has been the disabled list, and he finds himself back on it again with the ankle injury he suffered in his first game back from the 15-day following his shoulder injury.
Despite initial reports to the contrary, the Dodgers on Wednesday finally decided to place center fielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain. Ted Lilly was activated from the disabled list, giving the Dodgers at least temporarily 13 pitchers on the 25-man active roster.
Kemp just returned from the DL on Sunday after missing 11 games with an injury to his AC joint in his left shoulder. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and a walk against the Nationals, but injured his ankle at home plate on a meaningless play with a 9-2 lead in the ninth inning.
Manager Don Mattingly on Sunday said he didn’t expect Kemp to be placed on the disabled list, as he did in each of Kemp’s previous two DL stints this season. This marks the fifth time Kemp has been placed on the disabled list since the start of the 2012 season.
The move was retroactive to Monday, meaning the earliest day Kemp can be activated is August 6.
Ken Gurnick reports Kemp’s ankle is not healing as expected and he could be out until September.
Matt Kemp’s recovery from a sprained left ankle is progressing slower than the Dodgers hoped, and it’s possible the outfielder won’t return from the disabled list until September.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Kemp would not be activated when he’s eligible Aug. 6, and the club does not have a timetable for his return.
Kemp has only been able to hit off a tee and play catch since he was injured during an awkward slide at the plate July 21 vs. the Nationals.
“We were hoping this was going to be a simple ankle sprain, but it’s a lot more serious than that,” Mattingly said. “He’s been able to do some things, but is having soreness with that. We’re still not where we need to be.”
Kemp has been on the disabled list three times this season and has been limited to 62 games.
Quietly, the team has struggled offensively on this homestand, and given the way he was swinging the bat between injuries, he would have been a welcome addition.
Ted Lilly was recalled to take Kemp’s place on the 25-man roster before being DFA’d.
Carl Crawford sits as the Dodgers battle the Reds for the third game of a four-game series on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. It marks the first game not started by the outfielder since the All-Star break. Crawford is sick and has a fever that got bad enough to require a trip to the emergency room, per Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register.
The prescription is more cowbell, clearly.
He has been back in the starting lineup since.
Placed On 7-day DL: RHP Luis Meza, C Dashenko Ricardo, C Steve Cilladi, 2B Elevys Gonzalez
Reinstated From DL: 2B Rusty Ryal, OF Tony Gwynn Jr.
Scott Griggs was also placed on the minor-league 7-day DL by the Great Lakes Loons, who then activated Meza.
Griggs is the only real name of note, as he’s striking out 14.5 per nine in Low-A ball.