The 28 year old Kemp has been out since July 21st, dealing with a sprained left ankle. He also missed 24 games earlier this season after straining his right hamstring, an injury that has apparently resurfaced.
Kemp has been nursing his ankle for the past couple months before making his first rehab assignment for the Dodgers' High-A affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga on August 29th. He went hitless in 18 at-bats over 5 games for the Rancho Quakes.
Around his injuries, Kemp is hitting a disappointing .263/.319/.382 in 251 plate appearances for Los Angeles this season. He nearly won the NL MVP Award in 2011 with an 8.4 WAR campaign, but ultimately lost to the since disgraced Ryan Braun. Kemp missed a total of 56 games in 2012, being sidelined twice with hamstring issues and shoulder soreness before undergoing season ending surgery for a torn labrum. Despite the shortened season, he still managed to put up a 147 OPS+ and 3.2 WAR.
The Dodgers currently reside in first place in the NL West, 12 games ahead of the second place Arizona Diamondbacks. Fortunately for Los Angeles, Kemp's play will not be missed as they have had stellar performances from outfielders Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, and Yasiel Puig this season. With Kemp likely returning in 2014, the Dodgers will have 4 above average outfielders on their roster next season. A dilemma that any team would love to have..
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