From Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks after missing the past two games because of discomfort in his left shoulder.
Kemp has been given two cortisone injections since slamming into the center field wall at Coors Field on August 28 while trying to make a catch. He also had an MRI recently that revealed fraying in his labrum.
But he has committed to playing through the pain.
Kemp is batting .315/.382/.548 with 18 home runs, 56 RBI and nine stolen bases in 85 games this season. The 27-year-old had a .324/.399/.586 slash line, 39 homers, 126 RBI and 40 steals in 161 games last year.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that there is a possibility that starter Clayton Kershaw will be activated after throwing a simulated game on Tuesday, Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA reports. Kershaw threw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Friday. His activation depends on how he feels coming out of the simulated game.
Kershaw, 28, has been out since late June with mild disk herniation in his lower back. There was some consternation last month that the lefty might need back surgery, but he seems to have moved past that worry.
At the time he hit the disabled list, Kershaw was a front-runner for the National League Cy Young Award, owning an 11-2 record with a 1.79 ERA and a 145/9 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.
The Dodgers entered play Monday with a two-game lead over the Giants in the NL West. Needless to say, getting Kershaw back bolsters their odds of winning the division.
Starter Gerrit Cole has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 25, with posterior inflammation of his right elbow, the Pirates announced. Pitcher Steven Brault has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis for Monday night’s start against the Cubs.
Cole was scratched from Monday’s start on Sunday and instead traveled to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The right-hander previously underwent an MRI which ruled out structural damage.
Cole hits the shelf with a 3.55 ERA and a 95/32 K/BB ratio over 114 innings. The Pirates entered play Monday a half game out of the second National League Wild Card slot, so losing him for at least two more weeks will sting.