Matt Kemp gets first start in left field since 2006

2 Comments

Carl Crawford suffered an ugly left ankle sprain Tuesday while chasing after a ball, so the Dodgers are rolling with Matt Kemp in left field in their series finale Wednesday night against the visiting Reds.

Kemp, who had been on the bench for five straight games, last played left field as a rookie in 2006.

“It’s a little different, but I’m just excited to be able to get back out there,” Kemp told Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA on Wednesday evening. “I think I’m still a pretty good athlete. I think I’ll be OK.”

Kemp has struggled defensively in his return from ankle surgery, which is why the Dodgers have been featuring Andre Ethier as their regular center fielder.

Kemp, 29, is batting .262/.325/.450 with five home runs and five stolen bases in 43 games this season.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.