Posted July 09, 2013

Matt Kemp back to DL with shoulder injury

The Dodgers' Matt Kemp said he's headed to the disabled list once again. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp said he’s headed to the disabled list once again. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is headed back to the disabled list, he said Monday, the latest setback what has already been an injury-plagued season.

According to reporter Ken Gurnick, Kemp told reporters Monday that he would head to the 15-day DL with shoulder soreness. For Kemp, the setback comes about two weeks after he was activated from a previous trip to the DL. During that stint, he missed 24 games because of a right hamstring strain.

The Dodgers originally portrayed Kemp’s latest shoulder injury as something that was of little concern. Kemp left Friday’s game against the San Francisco Giants after feeling pain in his acromioclavicular joint — where the collarbone meets the shoulder — on a swing and miss in the second inning. He received a cortisone shot on Friday night.

Outfield has become a position of strength for the Dodgers with the emergence of rookie Yasiel Puig and the return of Carl Crawford.

Kemp is hitting just .254 with four homers and 24 RBI in 61 games. He has a .666 OPS.

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Kemp has been declining ever since he claimed that he'd bang out fifty taters in a season. I think extreme jealousy of Puig is what pushed him to the DL this time. There are more drama queens on the Dodgers and Lakers than there are on all pro teams combined (excluding the Dallas Cowboys of course).