It turns out that the Los Angeles Dodgers may not get their star player (not named Yasiel Puig) back until the final month of the regular season.
According to Rotoworld, outfielder Matt Kemp could be out for at least a month longer than the team anticipated because his left ankle injury isn’t healing as fast as it should.
The Dodgers had hoped to get Kemp back on August 6, the first day he was eligible, so this is a pretty big setback. The outfielder has yet to resume baseball activities and it’s unclear at this point when he’ll be cleared for them. The Dodgers will continue to roll with Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig as their starting outfield.
At this point, anything that Kemp could bring to the Dodgers would be gravy with how well this team has played lately. They’re 27-6 in the previous 33 games, that’s a franchise best since moving to Los Angeles.
The Dodgers still have one more game with the New York Yankees tonight before a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs to open up the month of August.
Kemp has a .263 batting average and five home runs in the 62 games he’s played this season.