I was taking a dump this morning and reading the LA Times sports section (one often leads to the other), and noted a piece regarding Matt Kemp's lingering shoulder issues, post-surgery. I guess we all knew there would be complications after this type of surgery, but Matt is young and great and gives cleats to sick kids and stuff, and he was ready for Spring Training, so I think many of us just glossed over the fact that many baseball players who have gone through the same surgery have experienced lingering issues for a long time afterward. Clearly, Kemp is in that category at this point. And even more evidently, it's getting to him.
Kemp's frustration was obvious during early batting practice Friday when stormed out of the cage, snapped a bat over his knee and stomped into the clubhouse, where he declined to blame his struggles on his shoulder.The article goes into detail about how Kemp can't extend at the end of his swing, and the type of spin he needs to be getting on the ball, and so forth. The power: gone. Not sure what the solution is, other than time, something the Dodgers are quickly running out of.
Perhaps SoSG softball team should look into this excuse for a lack of offense/power at the next softball tournament. I want to see SoSG AC break a bat over his knee.