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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Matt Kemp hurts ankle sliding into home in first game off DL

Matt Kemp really just cannot catch a break. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder returned from a shoulder injury on Sunday, and he appeared to hurt himself in his first game back from the disabled list.

The Dodgers were leading the Washington Nationals 9-2 with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth when Carl Crawford hit into a fielder’s choice. Kemp was on third and loafed it to the plate, but he started to hustle when the throw came home. As he slid into home, his left ankle bent awkwardly as it met catcher Kurt Suzuki’s leg. Kemp left the game and was replaced in center field for the bottom of the ninth. You can really see how much Kemp’s ankle folded on the play:

Matt Kemp ankle

Kemp was having a great game in his return from the DL. He was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and walk. Kemp missed most of June with a hamstring injury, and he missed two weeks in July after aggravating his shoulder. The Dodgers, who tied the Diamondbacks for first in the NL West after winning on Sunday, would hate to lose Kemp for the third time this season.

GIF via The Score
Thanks to A. Liu

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