It has not been a good season in terms of injury for Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp, just one day after returning from the 15-day disabled list Kemp aggravated his left hamstring while scoring from first base on a first inning double from Andre Ethier.
As Kemp rounded third based his stride slowed and after reaching home plate he was immediately replaced by Tony Gwynn.
Speaking about the injury Kemp revealed:
“I don’t know what happened. It’s just kind of gave out. It’s definitely frustrating, having just come back, and now I will be sitting out a while. … I tried to hide it, but there really was no hiding this.”
The star center fielder was noticeably angry as he broke a bat over his knee in the dugout before heading into the clubhouse. Kemp will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of his new injury. Manager Don Mattingly believes Kemp will be placed back on the disabled list.
“It wasn’t [Mattingly's] fault my hamstring flared up,” Kemp said. “I was frustrated because I love to play the game. I can’t be mad at Donnie B. It was just the frustration of being out.”
The center fielders original left hamstring issued occurred on May 13 during a game against the Colorado Rockies. Before returning to the Dodgers Kemp appeared to be in good shape during a two-game rehab stint with Triple-A Albuquerque, he was also performing well during his first game back in the Bigs on Tuesday night.