As first reported by beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has officially been activated from the 15-day disabled list and is back in LA’s starting lineup on Sunday afternoon against the Nationals. It’ll be his first appearance in an MLB game since July 5.
Kemp wound up missing a little over two weeks due to painful irritation of the AC joint in his left shoulder.
The 28-year-old also spent time on the disabled list earlier this season with a right hamstring strain. He’s batting just .254/.309/.357 with four home runs and nine stolen bases through his first 61 games played this year.
Kemp had 23 homers and nine steals in 106 games last summer and 39 homers and 40 steals in 2011.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.