Sunday was Kemp's first game back from a two week break due to inflammation in his left shoulder from off-season surgery.
Kemp was on third base with the bases loaded and two outs when Carl Crawford hit a slow groundball to Adam LaRoche. Crawford hustled to first base and beat the pitcher to the bag. LaRoche noticed that Kemp did not move from third base and he threw the ball to the catcher.
Kemp finally realized he needed to move his behind off third base and ran to home, where he rolled his ankle and was removed from the game.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after the game he doesn't believe Kemp will be on the disabled list, as his injury appears to be just an ankle sprain. "That's what I said last time, too," Mattingly joked, referring to the two weeks Kemp spent on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
Kemp commented after the game that, "It's not bad. I hope it's not bad. The biggest thing will be tomorrow when I wake up and see how it feels." He felt the injury was a result of not running hard enough on a force play at home plate.
Prior to his injury Kemp was having an excellent return to baseball. Batting sixth, he led off the second with a home run that bounced around in the cherry trees behind the left field stands. Later in the same inning he hit a double to left that brought home Andre Ethier from first. With two outs at the top of the fourth Kemp hit a single to left that scored Hanley Ramirez from second. He finished 3-4 with a walk, just a triple shy of the cycle.
References: USA Today and SB Nation.
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