Matt Kemp was removed from this past Friday’s game against the Pirates with hamstring tightness and was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Tuesday, retroactive to April 8. In a corresponding move, the Braves promoted infielder Johan Camargo.
The Braves initially said removing Kemp from the game over the weekend was precautionary, but it’s obviously a bit more, as an MRI revealed a strain in his right hamstring. Atlanta hopes Kemp will be ready come off the DL when first eligible.
While Kemp is out, expect Emilio Bonifacio to pick up much of the slack in left field next to centerfielder Ender Inciarte and opposite right fielder Nick Markakis. On Tuesday, Bonifacio was in the lineup batting eighth against Marlins righty Dan Straily.
Prior to going down on Friday, Kemp had started the season on fire. Through four games, Kemp was 8-for-16 with four doubles, two home runs, four RBI, two runs, and one walk. Both homers came against Mets right-hander Matt Harvey last week.