The Dodgers may have the final say, but for now, Matt Kemp plans on participating in this year’s home run derby despite being on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Kemp, who was the leading vote-getter for the National League until the final week of voting, ended up as the third outfielder selected behind the Giants’ Melky Cabrera and Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran. Due to his injury, the league replaced him on the NL roster with the Braves’ Chipper Jones. Kemp has stated he still wants to be part of the festivities, and to his credit, he is the captain of the the NL home run derby team.
If Kemp competes, he will join Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton on the NL side. The AL will feature Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista, Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Angels outfielder/infielder Mark Trumbo.
Currently, the two-time All-Star is on a rehab assignment at Single-A, and plans on returning to the Dodgers the first game back after the break. The Dodgers have gone 15-19 in his absence.