Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is heading back to the disabled list. Right after coming off the DL from a two-week stint, Kemp strained the same muscle in his left hamstring, forcing him to go back to resting his leg. It's a frustrating bit of news, not just for Dodgers fans, but for Kemp. He has seemed ready to resume another MVP-type season, but that has been re-railed once again.
According to ESPN, the team is unsure of just how much time Kemp is going to miss. No timetable for his return has been released yet and that leaves a lot of question marks about what the franchise is going to do without him. The immediate response is that utility player Alex Castellanos was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque in order to fill that open roster slot. His first game since being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals last season will come against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night (May 31).
So far this season, Kemp has been hitting .355 with 12 home runs and 28 RBIs. Those are extremely impressive numbers and it looked like he was definitely going to enter the race for the 2012 National League MVP. Last year, Kemp finished with a .324 batting average, 39 home runs and 126 RBIS. He was able to play in 161 games though, showing that his durability wasn't really in question. Now, with the second straight injury to his hamstring, that might be in doubt.
Do you think that the Dodgers can hold on to their division lead without Matt Kemp for an extended period of time? Is this exactly what the San Francisco Giants needed to catch the Dodgers in the NL West standings?
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