Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp had surgery two weeks ago to “clean up” his left shoulder and now Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he underwent surgery today to remove cartilage from his left ankle.
Kemp sprained his ankle in a home plate collision on July 21 and the injury lingered until he was ruled out for the playoffs. He won’t be able to put any weight on his foot for about a month and will be limited in his offseason training program, but his agent, Dave Stewart, still expects him to be ready for Opening Day next season.
Kemp was limited to just 73 games this season, batting .270/.328/.395 with six home runs, 33 RBI, and a career-low .728 OPS. The 29-year-old still has six years and $128 million remaining on his contract.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.