Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kemp, NL All-Star Game Leader, Unlikely To Play ASG

Matt Kemp looks like a scratch for the July 10 All-Star Game in Kansas City, despite leading the NL in votes:

The Los Angeles Dodgers have all but ruled out injured slugger Matt Kemp for next month's All-Star game in Kansas City.

"It's a long shot at this point because he's not healthy," general manager Ned Colletti said Monday before the opener of a three-game series at San Francisco.

The slugging center fielder is still recovering from a strained left hamstring that landed him on the disabled list for a second time this season May 31. The 2011 NL MVP runner-up first missed time from May 14-29.

Manager Don Mattingly is supportive if Kemp wants to participate in the Home Run Derby, as Los Angeles' medical staff has given him the go-ahead to do so.

Kemp said last week in Oakland he had discussed the Midsummer Classic with Mattingly and wants to make sure he is fully healthy for the second half with NL West-leading Los Angeles.

"You wouldn't expect anything else out of anybody else," Colletti said of Kemp's team-first focus. "We're talking about All-Star games and things like that, it's tough for us to look into the future when we don't even have a rehab game scheduled."

hopes Kemp might begin a rehab assignment before the break, but the thinking is the Dodgers will want Kemp to return to playing big league games before clearing him to play in the All-Star game -- and there isn't much time left for him to do both.

"I think he feels the same way," Mattingly said. "He's not ready to play yet."

Ideally, Kemp would play in five or six minor league games first. He leads the National League in votes, with his total at 3,322,009 in baseball's latest count. New NL numbers will be released Tuesday.

I want Kemp to play in the All-Star Game. But I want him playing in the Dodgers' lineup even more.

Get well soon, Matty!


Fred's Brim said...

Fuck the Home Run Derby. That's the last thing we need him doing. if he can't play, he shouldn't be doing that either

Fred's Brim said...

Dre needs to stay out of that too.
Fuck that shit

Paul said...

I say we have Dee replace Matty and he can bunt in the homerun derby.