LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Dodgers injuries seem to have no end in sight.
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list, has suffered a setback in his recovery, and is reportedly not expected to be back by Friday, as originally anticipated.
Kemp went on the DL with a strained right hamstring and has been rehabbing at the club’s training facility at Camelback Ranch in Arizona. He says he felt discomfort running around the field after joining the team, and returned to the clubhouse.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who has been back just five days after his second stint on the DL this season, underwent an MRI on the same left hamstring that cost him 28 games.
“He’s having continued problems, enough where they want to get another look at this thing,” Mattingly told ESPN Los Angeles. “We’ll find out if it’s going to be more serious than we talked about. We’ll find out if this ends up being something more long term.”
In addition, the Dodgers scratched left-hander Ted Lilly from his scheduled start on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves, and placed him on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained neck.
Lilly has now been on the disabled list three times this season.
To make matters worse, outfielder Andre Ethier fouled a ball off his right ankle on Saturday, and was held out of Sunday’s lineup.
Before Sunday’s 8-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves, manager Don Mattingly spoke on the effect of the multitude of injuries this season, saying this season is “completely different” from any other in terms of injuries.
Before calling up rookie phenom Yasiel Puig, Mattingly said the injuries were “getting ridiculous”.
The Dodgers are in last place in the National League West, and are hosting the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks for a three game series starting on Monday.