Yesterday afternoon, after Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp emerged from the dugout on crutches, the team couldn’t keep it a secret any longer – Kemp was out for the entire 2013 postseason.
Kemp of course, who has missed the majority of the season with a multitude of injuries had come back in recent days and hoped to help the Dodgers in the playoffs. That unfortunately won’t be the case as according to Kemp, doctors informed the five-tool star that if he continued to play on his ankle, there was a possibility it would break.
The Dodgers said tests revealed swelling in the major weight-bearing bone in Kemp’s ankle and that there was a possibility it could break if he continued to play. Kemp was on crutches after yesterday’s final regular-season game.
“I don’t know what to say except the season is over for me,” Kemp said. “I’ll be a cheerleader on the bench.”
The news came across as pretty shocking considering you don’t really think of somebody going out to the field and potentially shattering their ankle on a routine fly ball because they stepped just the wrong way.
Los Angeles has survived the season quite well without their top threat (sans Clayton Kershaw), so we’ll see if they can do it when it counts in the playoffs.