Dodgers CF Matt Kemp Aiming for Tuesday Return

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: Matt Kemp hits a two-RBI single to center field against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of the game at Dodger Stadium on July 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Kemp has five RBI's through four innings. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is hoping to return from a shoulder injury Tuesday after receiving cortisone injections this weekend, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times:

A day after receiveing a couple of injections in his left shoulder, Matt Kemp remained hopeful he could return to the Dodgers’ lineup Tuesday for their series opener in Arizona, The Dodgers have a day off Monday.

Kemp has been out of action since last Friday as he had complained of discomfort in his shoulder whenever he swung and missed. The 27-year-old also said he felt as though he didn’t have as much power at the plate.

Kemp’s been in a funk for the past month-plus, as he’s only hit one home run since August 10. On the year, he’s hit .315/.382/.548 with seventeen doubles and eighteen home runs.

Kemp’s injury couldn’t come at much of a worse time for the Dodgers, who are trying to keep pace with the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. LA entered the day five and a half games behind San Francisco.

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