Matt Kemp left the Dodgers’ 3-0 win over the Angels on Tuesday when he experienced a numbing sensation in his right hand.
Kemp was hit just below his right elbow in the second inning by Angels pitcher Joe Blanton, a former teammate.
“Just a little ball that took off inside,” Kemp said. “Joe wasn’t trying to do it on purpose.”
Although he remained in the game in center field, Kemp said the pain worsened as the game progressed.
“It got me really good,” Kemp said. “It’s where it got me — it’s not like it hit me real hard. It got me in the nerve by my elbow. It had a numbing sensation the rest of the game.
“Right now it’s a little sore. Tomorrow, we’ll see how it feels.”
If he can play Wednesday, Kemp might serve as the designated hitter. The Dodgers will visit an American League park for the second time this season when the interleague series shifts to Angel Stadium.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Kemp told him in the seventh inning that he couldn’t throw a baseball.
Said Kemp, “It was like ‘please don’t hit me the ball.’ ”
Kemp doubled in the sixth inning to end a streak of 13 at-bats without a hit and scored the Dodgers’ third run on an RBI single by A.J. Ellis. He was dropped to fifth in the batting order for the first time this season.