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The Dodgers are the Milwaukee Brewers whipping boys and they whipped them like rented mules again.  For the first time this year, the Dodgers lost 3 games in a row and also appear to have lost Matt Kemp… again!   Why he injured his hammy again is the question.  It is obviously not severe – if you get a grade 3 strain, you drop like you are shot.  He has a grade 1 or grade 2  strain, but why he did it again is the big question.  Proper hydration and diet as well as stretching are things that prevent hamstring injuries.  The Dodger training staff need to address this with Matt.

Dave wrote this yesterday:

Steve Lyon just said Kemp’s 40-40 days are over. . .that a second hamstring injury following a recently rehabbed hamstring injury will never fully heal and will last the career of the player (I paraphrase)…is Lyon right? full of sh$t?

I think he is right about 40 stolen bases.  Kemp shouldn’t even try.  Insofar as hamstring injuries, I have seen sprinters with Grade 3 strains return to all their speed after rehab, so Lyons is full of it on that.  Kemp will get an MRI today.  Stay tuned.  He could miss 3-4 weeks so as to allow complete healing.

I don’t think this one is serious – but he will probably go back on the DL.  The Dodgers were 9-5 the last time he was out.  The sky is not falling.  Take a deep breath everyone.  Next Man Up!

Jared Massey’s Minor League Report – 5/30/12

Alex Castellanos went 3-4 with a HR, double, 2 RBI and 2 SB’s last night at Albuquerque.  How about re-calling him when Kemp is put back on the DL?

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36 Responses to “Kempstringed”

  1. ken says:

    The sky is falling. But so is the earth. That would make the world flat. :)

    Kemp should now be the right fielder for the next year.

    Why is Mr. Double Play hitting 2nd? Bo knows stats, Donnie doesn’t.

    Now playing .500 during June will be gladly received.

    Ellis needs 2 days off per week for a while.

    Gordon whould be fined for every (1) pop up, (2) ground ball to first base on an outside pitch, (3) every swing and miss at a pitch above the letters, and (4) every pitch that he does not choke up.

    Why are so many players pulling their left hammy when they turn to the left so often thus having so many longer strides with their right leg? In track a very high percent of hammys are with the right leg especially when dealing with 200 and longer runners.

  2. Badger says:

    Grade II right after a grade I often means the athlete either didn’t treat it right in the first place or came back too soon.

    I would give him 5-6 weeks this time. And it is crucial that he gets proper treatment. And here we are again talking about the Dodgers, injuries, and their medical team. Mark, how many times over the last decade has this been a topic of conversation in the various chat rooms we have shared?

    The Dodgers have a few players in the mid 30′s, and it would appear they all might go down before this thing is over. Better not over-play Abreu, Lilly already hurt, Ellis out, Uribe has always looked to me like a hammy waiting to scroinge, Guerrier, Rivera, Sellers…….. looks like we may continue to challenge our AAA players.

    The real goal is to stay above .500 the rest of the way. Play tough, pitch well and win the 3-2 games. I got a feeling this team is going to be run-challenged for a while.

  3. the truth hurts says:

    slump time

  4. Badger says:

    Could be the truth truth.

    I didn’t expect the slump until the team was playing in the mid-west heat, and that doesn’t happen for a while. Next month is inter-league, where we never seem to do well, and the month starts with a road trip to Philly. They have been playing better, but maybe we can split that. Mariners, A’s and Angels. We can maybe split those too. Giants and Rockies? White Sox? Mets? eh, if we split the month of June I will be damn happy.

    If it’s me, and it ain’t, I don’t play Kemp until after the All Star break. He is just too important to this team to risk it. He should be fine after that and the second half is when we make our push. And we do it with some extra players picked up by the new management team.

    We knew it was going to be a dog fight. And it begins now.

  5. Badger says:

    p.s. – that Carlos Quentin idea somebody mentioned in here (might have been bball) is sounding pretty good right now. Mark mentioned it two years ago, a man ahead of his time, but the Pads won’t want to do us any favors.

  6. Badger says:

    Anybody like the idea of B.J. Upton in center between Kemp and Ethier? He is making $7M this year, and really needs a change of scenery.

  7. Bball says:

    So badger who do think the dodgers would have to give up for quintin. And when kemp gets back put him at first and cut ties with loney. That might keep him healthy

  8. El_ Che says:

    Call up Castellanos and play him in left field.

    • Badger says:

      Good idea. He is another AAA guy who is tearing it up down there. He is a 2b, but does have 6 PO in the outfield there. It would appear Sands and Van Slyke aren’t the answer, so what the heck?

  9. Badger says:

    Well Bball, I think the conversation begins with the best we have in the minors, and a guy they would love to send to the mound several times a year against the NL West – Zach Lee. ZIPs gives him 49 RBI’s in about 296 PA’s and an OPS of around .900. IF he can stay on the field all year, the projections look like this:

    What is that worth to all of you? Whatever it would be to say, someone in the American League, it is going to be more costly for the hated Dodgers. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if they weren’t interested in even discussing it.

  10. ken says:

    Who are the Free Agents that are still available and how bad are they?

    If Ned called Ordonez’s agent today would Mo consider being a bench player or just retire on Sunday?

    Is it better to let Sands and SVS play every day in AAA and sign D. Lee to platoon with Loney or as insurance if Rivera is reinjured?

  11. Bobby says:

    Well gentlemen, we get our wish. Castellanos has been called up, because Matty is likely gone till July.

    Time for some of these guys (Loney/Gordon) to wake up or be replaced!

  12. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Interesting that Castellanos was out a month with his hammy issue, but Kemp only a couple of weeks. Now, of course, Kemp will likely be out about a month (at least if the Dodgers have any sense).

    At the least the Dodgers have a 5.5 game lead (6 in the all-important loss column), and the teams following them are not exactly powerhouses. I suspect it will be harder for the Dodgers to continue at the same pace when Kemp was out the first time, if only because the league will better have a better handle on how to pitch to their offensively challenged lineup. Then again, maybe Castellanos will tear it up.

    Castellanos may have been playing 2B this year, but he was in the outfield all of last year, and I believe before that as well.

  13. Michael says:

    Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard but she found the cupboard was bare; compliments of MLB Trade rumors
    At least we aren’t sitting on our hands.

    • Badger says:

      Interesting comments on that thread Michael.

      “The Dodgers MVP so far this year is Tinkerbell”. That’s funny.

      The Padres have a couple of players that would help right away – Headley and Quentin – but to help us get better they would insist on way too much.

      Is this a year to go for it all? If the deal doesn’t come to Ned, I say forget it. We just don’t have that much left on the farm to give it all for a shot at it. Not when it looks like a long shot.

      We have until the deadline to figure this out. Who is out there that is the right fit? We need another outfielder and we need another infielder. Kemp should be back, but there is no legit 3b on this team. Replace Gordon? After committing to him? I think that might be a bad idea. Yeah, he was brought up early, but he was given the job knowing that it was going to be OJT. Give up on him in June?

      Gonna be interesting.

  14. Anonymous says:

    We’re fucked.

  15. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    I’m less worried now than I was in the past about giving up prospects to get help now. If the Dodgers can acquire an impact player I’m more willing now to pay for him with impact prospects, if only because I expect that our current ownership is willing to spend (especially on the international market) to replenish the farm system. Also, in the offseason there will be more willingness on the part of ownership to spend in free agency where it makes sense. None of this, prospect replenishment and free agent acquisitions was ever a thought under the McCourt regime.

    • Badger says:

      I have to wonder if the new management thinks this is the year.

      Do you guys? I am not so certain, but, I do know that anything can happen once you make the play-offs. I would not relish the idea of giving up the few blue chips this organization has for a guy that may, or may not, make a significant difference in this year’s play-offs.

      Who might that player be? We really won’t know who is available until the deadline approaches. We have a good lead, but that lead could evaporate by the end of July. Heck, realistically, it could evaporate next week. Who is available NOW that would make the difference? Quentin might. What would it cost to pry him from a division rival? Morneau would. Is he really available? The Twins are going to just as out of it at the end of July as they are now – why not wait and see how high the bidding might go for him? That’s what I would do.

      Brooklyn just said “Also, in the offseason there will be more willingness on the part of ownership to spend in free agency where it makes sense.” I agree with this. Maybe it’s best to just relax and see what happens between now and July 31st. Heck, we may be sellers by that time.

  16. Gonzo says:

    The cubs just said that everyone except Jeff Scmjsrrjhfjdlia is available. How about a nice package for dempster/Garza and sterlin castro. That kid reminds me of a poor mans hanley ramirez. Plug him in at SS and the 2 hole. Move gordon to 2b or the OF.

    Or like many are saying, stand pat and ride it out. No FA has that wow factor for meexcept for Hamilton. Yes I know I sound like a broken record but I think that 4 years 100 million will sign him and at 1B his injuries would reduce dramatically.

    Ned should be trying to unload Bils and loney no ifs ands or buts.

  17. Jae says:

    You have to let Gordon develop and to do that he has to play.

    On Hamilton: The Dodgers will have to go 8 years $200 mil:

  18. Dave says:

    Talk radio reports in L.A. (two sources) that Kemp has two grade 1 hami strains in the same leg. Out at least one month. COULD BE WORSE! Cliche time – my cup is half full. . .let’s see what we have on the current roster and AAA. The big start will pay off now that injuries are piling up, especially to our offensive star. We can afford to test our system and not panic or “throw the in the towel.” A lot of us are looking forward to the fact that Castellanos was called up today. As you say Mark, “Next man up.”

    or – as my Chicago buddy (CUBS fan) says, at least the Dodgers aren’t Completely Useless By. . .Spring training (was September, then Summer in the past)

  19. Bball says:

    I got THE solution. Convert billingsley into a 3rd basemen

  20. RogerCraig says:

    Bills is a hitting machine, he is!

  21. Bball says:

    Cause he sure can’t pitch

  22. Badger says:

    I like Gonzo’s idea, but if we are going to ask for Castro, they are going to want Gordon back from us.

    At the present time, I am going to ask that the Dodgers follow my Dad’s advice:

    Stop. Look both ways. Proceed with caution.

    8 years 200 million. Don’t see it. 200 million will by 3 very good players.

    Bills and Loney had better cowboy up the rest of the way. Loney shouldn’t be a problem to jettison, but Bills and that contract, might be. He just needs to start earning it. I think he can. I hope he does.

  23. ken says:

    Choke Choke Choke
    Dodgers hitting with RISP is no more.
    Memorial Day was the day that the music died.
    Hope they make the Wild Card.

  24. the truth hurts says:

    Agree with Ken

  25. Roger Dodger says:

    Back from the east coast and now I can focus better on the Dodgers and maybe one of the most difficult periods in their history over the past 50 years.

    Fact: they are in first place with the best recored in the majors.

    Fact: with Kemp out for at least a month, and if I am the manager of the other team playing the Dodgers — I pitch around Ethier and not let him beat me — runs will be scarce.

    Fact: Lilly is out. Billingsley needs to be a pitcher on a team that can hit, like the Rangers, and he would be ok. But on this Dodger team, he just cannot seem to win. He has not won a game since April 11 and we are in June now.

    New owners: they are in a nightmare presently. Lots of money spent, and the playing rosters is very thin.

    Problem for them: if they go after an impact player (a really good player) they will have to give up some valuable farm talent — and there is not really much of that in any depth.

    Tired zone: The Dodgers have been in so many close games since the season began (winning most of the time) but the team cannot continue like that and win all season. That is asking a lot — and the ball does bounce funny from time to time.

    This is not an easy time for the Dodgers and staff. But champions are sometimes challenged like this and do find what is necessary to win. Maybe they can. One reason — other teams are struggling with their own problems.

  26. Roger Dodger says:

    Anyone what to predict what kind of shape the Dodgers will be in by the end of June!!

    After playing:

    Rockies – 3
    Phillies – 4
    Mainers – 3
    Angels – 3
    White Sox – 3
    Athletics – 3
    Angels – 3
    Giants – 3
    Mets – 3

    And — only two (2) days off the entire month, the 14 and the 18.

    28 games.

  27. Roger Dodger says:

    Forgot one thought — if Dodger starters can give up zero or only 1 run per start going 8 innings each time, they might be ok.

  28. ken says:

    Team wise not too many bad actors. But it is the tiredness that effects Clutchness and they are tired.

    Last 7 games
    Kennedy 14 AB .071
    SVS 8 AB .125
    Loney 20 AB .200
    Gwynn 27 AB .222
    Only 4 Scrubs but no clutch across the board

    Kershaw 12.2 IP 4.97
    Bill 11.0 IP 4.91
    Coffey 3.2 IP 4.91
    Belisario 3.2 IP 4.91
    Only 4 Marginal Scrubs but two are starters and Kershw must be perfect for the Dodgers to win.

  29. Badger says:

    Bills on the home run ball – “I was trying to go cutter in,” a cut fastball inside, “and it came back over the middle of the plate,” he said.”

    No kidding dummy. And putting the ball over the middle of the plate is why you are 2-4 on a team with a winning record.

    Until the obvious offensive holes are addressed, the Dodgers are going to need ALL of their pitchers to man up and get the job done. If that doesn’t happen, there will be a June swoon of epic proportions. This team is going to continue to be run challenged.

  30. Roger Dodger says:

    Badger, remember that Little League team from Monterey, Mexico.

    Maybe the Dodgers will be an echo of that team:

    “The 1957 Little League World Series took place during August 1957 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. This was the first LLWS tournament to include a team from outside of the United States or Canada, Industrial Little League of Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. The Monterrey team defeated Northern La Mesa Little League of La Mesa, California, in the championship game of the 11th Little League World Series. In the championship, Angel Macias pitched a perfect game for Monterrey, the first – and as of 2011, the only – perfect game thrown in the Little League championship.

    In early July 1957, the Monterrey team crossed the U.S. border to compete in an area tournament in McAllen, Texas. The team were issued three-day passes by the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey; the plan was to play for one day and sightsee for two more.
    Two months later, the team returned to Monterrey. Their money had run out after three days, and phone calls to Washington were needed to allow the team to extend their stay in the U.S. until they were eliminated. They never were. Led by ambidextrous pitcher Angel Macias, the legendary Monterrey team won six tournaments, including the South Region Tournament and the Little League World Series. The team was called los pequeños gigantes (“the little giants”). Two movies are based on their story. a Mexican production, Los Pequeños Gigantes (1960), and The Perfect Game (2008).”

  31. ken says:

    DFA Watch List

    June – Coffey – Bring up a true long reliever Antonini or Darsi – Too many games in June without a day or rest
    July – Wright – If he can not cut it as a true long reliever then DFA him when Hawks comes back
    August – Belisario – He better toe the line

    June – Kennedy – Make Uribe the SuperSub when he returns.


  32. Bill Russell says:

    I think Youkilis would be a key pickup for the Dodgers the more I think about it. That would turn Uribe into the Super Sub upon his return and spell Loney at 1st during his many slumps. Losing Kemp again is a major blow to the offense. We just can’t seem to score runs right now.
    I want to see more of Alex because I really don’t know to much about him. Did he get Cole Hameled last night?
    I agree with Badger about – why would any team pitch to Ethier right now? It’s time for Loney, and the kids to turn this thing around. Please don’t hit Kennedy 5th in the future, in fact Please don’t play him any more. TURN IT AROUND and GO BLUE

  33. Badger says:

    Youkilis would help. So would one of the .850+ OPS bats from Albuquerque, but ‘cept .850+ there don’t mean didly in L.A..

    Pitching in June. We are going to need 9 innings of sub 3 for the next 4 weeks. And, again, if I am the Dodgers, I just leave Kemp in the hot tub until after the All Star break. Why bring him back for only a few games?

    Honestly, I didn’t figure this was the year anyway. With all those aging second stringers we picked up, I figured it would take a year or so to clear out the McCourt stench. This start has my thinking processes all twisted.


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