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Jul 3, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) hits a home run during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Dodgers won 10-8. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Kemp downplays ankle injury

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp hit a home run on Sunday in his return to the lineup from the disabled list, helping his team route the Washington Nationals 9-2. Unfortunately, he also turned his ankle sliding into Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki in the ninth inning. Kemp was ruled out on the play.

After the game, Kemp said he let his teammate Carl Crawford down by not giving more of an effort running the base paths:

It’s my fault. I wasn’t running hard. That’s an easy hit for C.C. I took an easy hit away from C.C. I’d rather have four hits than three hits. C.C. has every right to be mad at me. The result of me not running hard to home plate was that I tweaked my ankle a little bit. I’m more disappointed that I wasn’t running hard like I should have been (LA Times).

While Kemp downplayed the severity of the ankle injury, he was unsure if he’ll have to miss another couple of games: “It’s just a little swollen. It’s not that bad. I started walking around a little bit, it started to feel a little bit better. Tomorrow we’ll see what it feels like.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers (50-47) face the Washington Nationals again on Monday.

[Source: LA Times]

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