The Reinjury of Matt Kemp

May 31, 2012

Having Matt Kemp return to the Dodgers after a great two day rehab assignment in Albuquerque was great news.  Having him aggravate his hamstring on Wednesday night was not so great.

Steve Lyons was talking about hamstring injuries on the Dodgers Live post game broadcast.  He said that it is common to bring back a player slowly after returning from a hammy DL stint by resting the player after the first game back.  When Don Mattingly brought up the possibility of Kemp sitting out a game, Kemp responded with a resounding “No way!”

I am beginning to wonder if Donny has the cashews to deal with prima donna players.  He was reluctant to sit Kemp while he had his consecutive game streak going.  If he thought Kemp should rest but got talked out of it by the player, it does not bode well for his leadership.

I don’t know if I am the only one bothered by this, but I thought it was not smart to let Kemp be such a boisterous cheerleader while he was in the middle of his DL stint.  Seeing him rush onto the field after a walkoff win and tackle someone with his “winning hurts” hijinks looked like an accident, or re-aggravated hammy waiting to happen.  With so many players getting injured from freak accidents like pushing their car like Dick Allen did in 1967, or pulling on a pair of cowboy boots like Wade Boggs, I keep waiting for something bad to happen each time Kemp, Andre Ethier and Dee Gordon jump up in the air to bump their bodies together after a victory.  I know the boyz gots to have their fun, but when one of them sprains an ankle, it won’t be very funny.

After the first three game losing streak of the year, lets hope that the Brewers have left their brooms in Milwaukee.

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