Jul. 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers injured outfielder Matt Kemp on the bench against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp could reach disabled list for third time

As the Los Angeles Dodgers are in position to take over the National League West as they began a series against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, the team may be without Matt Kemp for another extended period of time.

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that manager Don Mattingly “was less confident” that Kemp wouldn’t end up on the disabled list a day after the center fielder suffered a left ankle injury against the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

Mattingly said Kemp would likely miss the three-game series with the Blue Jays. He added that a decision on whether Kemp would need to be disabled would probably be made Tuesday.

Kemp has played in 62 games for the Dodgers this season, and also suffered injuries a year ago that prevented him to play in a total of 56 games. Put that in comparison between his seasons in 2008-11 when he missed a total of 11 games.

The 7-year veteran saw the DL two other times this season for a shoulder and hamstring injury. He has just 60 hits and five home runs this season, well below his averages.

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