Sunday, October 27, 2013

Dodgers' Kemp has Foot Surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp underwent a left ankle operation Monday.
His agent, Dave Stewart, said Kemp will be ready for opening day, but the procedure will limit his off-season training. 
The operation was performed by podiatrist for the stars Dr. Robert Anderson of North Carolina. Dr. Anderson removed several small spurs and a loose body, as well as doing a microfracture on the talus bone. Kemp will be in a splint for two weeks and a non-weight bearing boot for two weeks after that. 
Kemp thanked fans on Twitter who had supported him throughout the season, tweeting, "Thank u 2 all my fans showing me mad love 2day. Surgery went well 2day and I'm ready 2 start this process of getting back!"
Kemp was sidelined all of the postseason because of issues with his ankle, which he originally sprained in a home plate collision in Washington on July 21st. Dodgers team physician Neal ElAttrache was concerned that if Kemp continued to play, he could break one of the major weight-bearing bones in his foot. 
Kemp was limited to 73 games this season because of his ankle, missing 52 games over the last two months. He batted .270 with six home runs, 33 RBIs, and a .723 OPS in 2013.
This is Kemp's second consecutive winter in which he has had major surgery. Last year he had surgery on his left shoulder. Earlier this month he had a minor procedure to clean up that same shoulder. He finished his first season in his eight year, $160 million contract.
Kemp will be unable to put any weight on his foot for a month, says Stewart, and will be limited in the activities he can do in the month after that.
Stewart tried to put a positive spin on the surgery, saying Kemp would be able to do the upper-body work he couldn't do last winter, along with strengthening his core and hamstrings.
"We're anticipating he'll be ready for the season," Stewart said.
References: ESPN and Los Angeles Times
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