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.
Just a few days after inking him to a minor league deal, the Braves have released first baseman James Loney, the team announced on Monday. Loney became expendable when the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the Cardinals on Saturday as a replacement for the injured Freddie Freeman.
Loney, 33, appeared in two games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He had one hit, a single, and one walk in eight plate appearances.
Loney will likely have to wait for another team to deal with an injured first baseman or DH before he can secure another contract.
Every now and then, The Players’ Tribune runs a “five toughest” feature. In 2015, David Ortiz listed the five toughest pitchers he ever faced. Last month, Christian Yelich wrote up the five toughest pitchers in the NL East. Now, it’s Ian Kinsler‘s turn with the five toughest pitchers in the AL Central.
Kinsler goes into detail explaining why each pitcher is difficult to face, so hop over to The Players’ Tribune for his reasoning. His list
Presumably, Kinsler intentionally omitted his Tiger teammates from the list. He has faced Justin Verlander a fair amount earlier in his career, and he has only a .176/.333/.235 batting line in 42 plate appearances against the right-hander. Verlander’s stuff is often described as tough to hit in one phrase or another. Kinsler has also struggled against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (.590 OPS), but one can understand why he would be omitted from a list of five given who was already listed.