High up on the list, if not atop the list, of worst case scenarios for the Dodgers is the combination of the words "Matt Kemp" and "injury." On Sunday that happened, as Kemp was removed from the game after the third inning.
Kemp has played in 399 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the big leagues.
Kemp grounded out to shortstop to end the third inning, the second time he did so in as many at-bats today. Upon returning to the dugout, Kemp spoke with assitant trainer Greg Harrel and manager Don Mattingly, and it appeared Kemp wasn't a fan of the decision to remove him from the game as he slammed down his glove in the dugout.
We have received no official word yet on Kemp's injury, but it is most likely his left hamstring. He was a late scratch last Sunday in Chicago with left hamstring tightness, and at times this week has ran with caution both on the bases and in the field.
Kemp has no home runs in 11 games this month after hitting 12 in April, and is currently in an 0-for-14 slump. Manager Don Mattingly downplayed any connection between Kemp's slump and his hamstring issues.
"Guys that hit home runs get hot, hit them for a week, then slow down, then have another hot streak. I don't think it has to do with his hammy," Mattingly said on Saturday.
Tony Gwynn Jr., who started the game Sunday in left field, moved to center field in Kemp's absence, and Bobby Abreu is now playing left field.
The Dodgers trail the Rockies 4-2 in the fifth inning.