The Los Angeles Dodgers had a rough weekend in San Francisco. Not only did they lose two out three games to the Giants, they were without Matt Kemp for both weekend games because of a shoulder issue, and they were forced to scratch staff ace Clayton Kershaw from his Sunday start with a hip injury. The good news is the team is expecting both players back in the lineup on Tuesday night in Arizona.
Kemp, who has had two separate stints on the Disabled List due to hamstring injuries this season, injured his shoulder in a game August 28th against the Rockies. Since the incident, he has only three hits, one of them being a home run. Kemp received a couple of injections in his left shoulder Sunday and needed a few days to recover. On the season, he has a .315/.382/.548 line with 18 home runs in 85 games.
Kershaw, who was scheduled for the Sunday night start against Barry Zito, was a late scratch by manager Don Mattingly after the lefty experienced pain in his hip. When asked about the injury, Kershaw said he felt good enough to pitch, and reiterated it wasn’t his decision not to pitch. The Dodgers have listed him as the scheduled starter now Tuesday against Ian Kennedy. The two-time All-Star owns a 12-8 record with a 2.79 ERA, 2.94 FIP and 4.9fWAR in 29 starts this season.
The Dodgers sit 1.5 games behind the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot in the National League with the Pirates, Phillies and Brewers still in the mix. Yes, the Phillies and Brewers are only six games back of St. Louis, the same team that was in this situation last year, and we all know what happened there.