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Dodgers CF Matt Kemp Aiming for Tuesday Return

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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.