Los Angeles Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp who was recently selected to represent the National League in the 2012 All-Star Game has elected to return from his injury on Friday July 13th. The superstar outfielder is recovering from a strained left hamstring that placed him on the DL for the second time this season on May 31st. He plans to begin a rehab assignment sometime before the All-Star break.
Kemp the National League’s MVP runner up in 2011 has missed significant time from May 14-29 of this season. Although it’s highly unlikely that Kemp will participate in the All-Star game besides being apart of the Home Run Derby as captain, the Dodgers can use every boost possible to return to their winning ways.
Matt Kemp before injured had 12 HR’s and 28 RBI’s, and since his injury the Dodgers have scored a total of 6 HR’s, and have lost 10 out of their last 11 games.
I spoke with Dr. Robert Klapper Director of the Joint Replacement Program and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Cedar-Sanai Hospital in Los Angeles regarding Matt Kemp’s injuries. Dr. Klapper informed me that Kemp has had two episodes of a hamstring tear, and most importantly the 2nd MRI showed the tear in different areas than the first. Kemp needs to change his mechanics, so he doesn’t end up with a third problem with the hamstring in a new area. Something is triggering this and it’s related to his swing, and not related to running on the bases.
Time will reveal how well Matt Kemp will adjust his swing to continue to play the rest of the 2012 season, and bring power back in a stagnant Dodger line up.
For the Dodgers and Dodger fans, Friday the 13th can’t come soon enough, and that date in history will be a positive welcome across Southern California.