If someone was to have told me at the start of the year that I’d be writing about an aggravated Matt Kemp at the end of May, I’d assume that the aggravation of note would be caused by his team’s lack of good fortune despite the center fielder’s best efforts.
Nope. Not quite. The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball, and they accomplished this feat while missing their best player for 14 games, and going 9-5 during his time on the Disabled List. Unfortunately for the team, it appears as though that record is about to become a bigger sample size because during last night’s 6-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Kemp limped off the field after aggravating the left hamstring injury he suffered at the beginning of the month.
The injury appeared to have occurred or reoccurred when Kemp, in only his second game back since coming off the Disabled List, scored from first base on an Andre Ethier double in the first inning. According to Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times:
Kemp scored standing up and without a play, but eased up after rounding third base. He then limped into the dugout, in apparent frustration broke a bat over his knee and vanished into the clubhouse.
Later the Dodgers confirmed Kemp had re-aggravated the hamstring injury and scheduled him for an MRI exam on Thursday.
As mentioned, Los Angeles went 9-5 in Kemp’s absence last time, but it’s rather difficult to imagine a team featuring so many replacement level players in its lineup performing at that level for an extended period. Having said that, the Dodgers have gotten off to such a fantastic start, that the team could afford to play slightly below .500 baseball the rest of the season and still end up making the Wild Card playoff game.
However, we’ll wait until after Kemp’s MRI results become public to find out exactly how difficult making the postseason will be for the Dodgers.
And The Rest
After giving up four home runs to the Toronto Blue Jays last night, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel made a veiled reference to an ESPN article that accused his opposition of going to great measures to steal signs. Were such accusations founded? [DJF]
Brandon Morrow took a line drive off the shin last night. He was removed from the game, but tests didn’t reveal any fractures. [MLB.com]
Surprisingly, Chicago White Sox broadcaster, Hawk Harrelson, didn’t use his patented “he gone” call to describe Jose Quintana being ejected from yesterday afternoon’s baseball game. [YouTube]
In news that will make you hate people, Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy revealed that his wife has received hate mail after the player broke his hand during a luggage mishap in a hotel room with his wife. [MLBlogs]
The Rangers are great, but some day, the Rangers are going to be terrible. How will the end come? [Baseball Prospectus]
This year’s U.S. National Spelling Bee has an interesting selection of words. [Twitter]
Speller 145, Emma Ciereszynski, spells sabermetrics correctly in Round Three of the Bee. #spellingbee
— NationalSpellingBee (@ScrippsBee) May 30, 2012
Wandy Rodriguez is the forgotten trade candidate. [Baseball Nation]
On the latest Getting Blanked Show, we talk about Willy Mays Cabrera, the Miami Marlins success, and Roy Oswalt’s expected impact for the Texas Rangers. [Getting Blanked]