The Los Angeles Dodgers season has been one that has been riddled with injuries. Monday afternoon it continued on with the announcement that outfielder Matt Kemp (AC Joint) and starting pitcher Stephen Fife (Right Shoulder Bursitis) would both be headed back to the disabled list.
The pair have already spent time on the DL this year with Kemp (24 games) for a hamstring and Fife (33 games) for the same injury that is sending him there now with bursitis in his throwing shoulder.
During Friday night’s game against the San Francisco Giants Kemp took a big swing and miss that irritated the AC joint in his left shoulder. He stayed in the game to eventually walk but was replaced the next inning by Carl Crawford who had just been activated that night from spending the previous 30 games dealing with a hamstring issue of his own.
The roster moves to correspond with the two going to the DL are adding newly acquired Ricky Nolasco, who makes his Dodgers debut on Tuesday, to the roster and outfielder Scott Van Slyke coming back from AAA Albuquerque.
The rough season for Kemp continues, he hasn’t been stellar at the plate this year hitting just .254 with only four homers. He will return to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache as the team continues on the road trip.
As for Fife, he has pitched very well considering, with a 3-3 with a 2.76 ERA. The right hander will be replaced in the rotation for the time being by Chris Capuano.
The roster shuffling has been something to behold for the Dodgers this season as they have already used the DL 22 times for 15 different players totaling 627 games missed between the 15 players.