Injury Roll Call: Kemp’s crawl toward recovery, Ryu says he’s ready, Capuano is fine

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Matt Kemp re-injured his hamstring during his rehab stint and his return timetable has been pushed back, with some reporting that he’s out indefinitely.

The planned comeback of Matt Kemp has taken a turn for the worse, as the Dodgers center fielder felt tightness in his right hamstring, the team announced Friday. While the Dodgers announced Kemp’s rehab would be slowed down, manager Don Mattingly said Kemp would be shut down “indefinitely,” per Dodger Talk co-host David Vassesgh.

Kemp has been sidelined since July 21 with a sprained left ankle, but also missed 24 games on a separate disabled list stint in May and June with a right hamstring strain.

“I’m not ready to concede anything, but at some point we run out of time,” manager Don Mattingly told reporters before Friday’s game against the Reds in Cincinnati, per Vassegh.

The Dodgers have had outfielders Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig and Kemp healthy and active for a total of two games and 10 innings this season.

Kemp took some swings after the setback but did not run.

Rain in Arizona limited Kemp (strained hamstring) to hitting in the cage Sunday. He simulated 15 at-bats against live pitching on Saturday. Mattingly said trainers have told him the chances for Kemp’s return won’t be able to be accurately assessed until Sept. 16 at the earliest, 10 days after his most recent injury. Kemp strained his right hamstring Friday during a rehab workout session.

“If he can play, we can activate him, but he has to be able to play,” Mattingly said.

Bill Plunkett reports that Stan Conte told Don Mattingly that The Bison could be ready within ten days for game action.

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Hyun Jin Ryu was scratched from his last start due to stiffness in his back.

Hyun-jin Ryu will not make his scheduled start for the Dodgers on Friday in Cincinnati against the Reds, the team announced on Wednesday. The left-hander has mild stiffness in his back, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

The Dodgers will still send a left-handed pitcher to the mound in the series opener against Cincinnati, which features left-handed hitters Joey Votto, Shin-Soo Choo and Jay Bruce. Chris Capuano starts Friday in place of Ryu, with the remainder of the series (Zack Greinke on Saturday, Clayton Kershaw on Sunday) remaining the same.

Ryu threw a bullpen session over the weekend and reported that his back felt “great”.

Dodgers rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was scratched from his scheduled start Friday due to back stiffness, threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday and said he should be able to make his scheduled start Wednesday against Arizona.

“I felt great,” Ryu said through an interpreter.

Ryu is scheduled to toe the rubber on Wednesday barring any setbacks.

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Chris Capuano strained his left groin and had to leave his last start early.

Chris Capuano retired five of the six batters he faced on Friday night against the Reds, but the Dodgers left-handed pitcher left is start in Cincinnati with two outs in the second inning after suffering a mild left groin strain, per the Prime Ticket broadcast.

Capuano struck out Todd Frazier for the second out of the second inning but then summoned catcher Tim Federowicz and trainer Sue Falsone to the mound, along with manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. After throwing a warm-up pitch Capuano was removed from the game.

It was unclear at first exactly what Capuano hurt, but he was stretching his lower body. He missed three weeks earlier in the season with a strained left calf.

Capuano threw lightly over the weekend to test out the groin .

Left-hander Chris Capuano, who had to come out of his start on Friday with a mild groin strain, threw light catch from 60 feet on Sunday.

“I should be able to test it a little bit within a few days,” Capuano said.

Manager Don Mattingly characterized Capuano as “moving forward.”

Whether they actually want him to make his next start is another issue entirely.

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Dee Gordon took an errant throw to the back of his neck Friday, but was available to play Saturday, according to Plunkett.

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Minor-league injury news.

Placed On 7-Day DL: RHP Angel Castro, RHP Carlos Frias, RHP Gustavo Gomez, LHP Julio Urias, 1B Sean Burroughs
Reinstated From DL: RHP Hector Nelo, RHP Arismendy Ozoria, 2B Elevys Gonzalez, 2B Rusty Ryal

Julio Urias hitting the DL is likely just a move that was made to open up a roster spot for the Great Lakes Loons, as Urias was shut down last week.

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