Home Run Derby - Should Matt Kemp Be Participating?

Remember when this was a regular sight at Dodgers games? Matt Kemp is hoping to resume his normal duties after making a great showing at the Home Run Derby today.

At least one Los Angeles sports columnist thinks that Matt Kemp participating in the Home Run Derby exhibition is "awfully risky", given that he has not yet returned from the disabled list for his hamstring injury to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nonetheless, participating he is. You can express your opinion on the matter in the poll below and, of course, in the comments.

Andre Ethier was slated to bat in this exhibition at one point, but his left oblique injury will prevent him from doing so. He is scheduled for rehab games tomorrow and Wednesday with the Dodgers class A+ affiliate, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

The Home Run Derby begins at 5:00 today in Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium, site of the 2012 All-Star Game festivities, and will be televised on ESPN.

Participants:

National League: Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Beltran, Andrew McCutchen

American League: Jose Bautista, Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Mark Trumbo

Cano is the defending champion and Fielder won this contest in 2009.

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