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.
Nick Punto went flying in this collision with Angels runner Erick Aybar last night. It was a wacky game. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers’ 7-6 win last night broke the mold in many ways. Lost amid the doubles, the Matt Kemp boos and the blown call at first base, here are some factoids that I couldn’t fit in my game story:
- The Dodgers’ comeback matched their largest of the season; they beat the Diamondbacks on May 22 after trailing by five.
- Previously, the Dodgers were 0-15 when allowing six runs or more.
- The ninth inning remains a virtual all-or-nothing proposition. Say what you want about Brandon League as closer, but the Dodgers are 20-1 when leading at the start of the ninth inning. They are 0-23 when trailing to start the ninth.
- Adrian Gonzalez‘s six errors lead all major-league first baseman. Next is the New York Mets’ Ike Davis, with four. Gonzalez, who has won three Gold Glove awards, had a busy day. He also failed to pick a ball out of the dirt and pulled his foot off the bag on a throw from catcher Ramon Hernandez in the first inning. Yet he kept his foot on the bag despite a poor throw from Luis Cruz in the ninth inning, completing a double play.
- The Dodgers’ six doubles were a season high.
More bullet points for a Tuesday morning:
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked after Matt Kemp‘s 0-for-5, four-strikeout performance Monday whether he’ll considered moving Kemp further down in the lineup.
“Tonight it was lefty [pitcher C.J. Wilson], and he’s hit lefties good,” Mattingly said. “Honestly, we’re going to need Matt. I’ve seen that lesson over the years. I just don’t give up on guys. I’m not going to give up on Matt, and Matt’s going to get going. Obviously I will at certain times hit him at different spots, trying to take maybe a little pressure off him, things like that. That’s another day.”
Kemp was booed roundly by the announced crowd of 49,953 at Dodger Stadium after striking out to end the eighth inning. Tomorrow the Dodgers will face a right-hander, Joe Blanton, who owns Kemp. In 18 head-to-head at-bats, Kemp has two singles, a double and four strikeouts — a .167 career average.
Since his 14-game hitting streak ended on May 15, Kemp is batting .125 (5 for 40) with 19 strikeouts.
Josh Beckett’s rehab from a strained groin has been set back by “tingling and numbness” in his right hand. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)
Josh Beckett was scheduled to throw at least 15 pitches off a mound today or tomorrow, but the recuperating right-hander is back to waiting after a recurrence of tingling and numbness in his right fingers.
Beckett will undergo an MRI exam tomorrow to determine the source of his symptoms.
The Dodgers did not initially reveal the extent of Beckett’s injuries after the right-hander fell to 0-5 with a loss to the Washington Nationals on May 13. The next day, he went on the disabled list with a strained left groin, though manager Don Mattingly noted that Beckett was dealing with other injuries.
On Monday, Mattingly said “the groin’s been good and the arm has gone bad.”
In eight starts this year spanning 43 ⅓ innings, Beckett is 0-5 with a 5.19 earned-run average. Opponents have a .336 batting average on balls in play against him.
“Josh, he’s thrown a lot of innings,” Mattingly said. “There’s always a little something.”
Hanley Ramirez ran the bases at Dodger Stadium for the first time since straining his left hamstring on May 3 and is close to going out on a rehabilitation assignment.
“As we get through Anaheim, we’re talking about him playing some games the next few days,” Mattingly said.
Ramirez wrote on his Instagram account last week that he would be “coming soon” to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.
The rehab process has been a frustrating one for Ramirez, who was only able to play four games after recovering enough from a torn ligament in his right thumb before suffering the hamstring injury.
Ramirez said last week that he will announce his assignment in some capacity on Twitter. Assuming he plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s conceivable that Ramirez could be in a Dodger uniform next week when the team play a 10-game home stand against San Diego, Atlanta and Arizona.
Nick Punto is starting at shortstop Monday against the Angels following the demotion of Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque. Punto and Luis Cruz figure to get the lion’s share of the innings at shortstop until Ramirez returns.
The Dodgers activated utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. from the disabled list Monday afternoon as expected. He’ll be in the starting lineup against the Angels, batting seventh and playing left field.
To make room for Hairston on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Scott Elbert (left) and A.J. Ellis (right) were drafted by the Dodgers in 2004 and 2003, respectively. (Getty Images)
Last week, Keith Law of ESPN.com re-did the first round of the 2003 draft. Some takeaways:
Sixteen-year-old pitcher Julio Urias has already impressed the Dodgers organization enough to be promoted to the Great Lakes Loons, their affiliate in the Low-A Midwest League.
Urias took the next step on Sunday by throwing three scoreless innings and striking out six batters in his debut. The youngest player in the Loons’ seven-year history allowed two singles, walked a batter and struck out six.
Some on the scene were impressed:
The Dodgers signed Urias out of Culiacan, Sinaloa last August.
The Dodgers will have to make room for Jerry Hairston Jr. on the active roster tomorrow somehow.
Hairston played back to back games for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday and Saturday, and Don Mattingly wanted to give Hairston the day off Sunday, but he’s expected to come off the disabled list in time for Monday’s game against the Angels. Hairston was placed on the DL on May 6 with a strained left groin.
Josh Beckett threw 15 pitches off the bullpen mound Saturday and will throw at least that many tomorrow or Tuesday as he attempts to return from a strained left groin.
The right-hander said he is “getting better” and “progressing every day” after he was forced to shut down his throwing program while the Dodgers were on a road trip to Atlanta.
“I was really sore [last Saturday] in Atlanta,” Beckett said. “I didn’t know what you push through. I had to learn that in Atlanta.”
After taking two days off, Beckett resumed throwing off a mound in Milwuakee and has been ramping up the intensity ever since. He’s also lifting weights and running.
Beckett was placed on the disabled list May 14. He is 0-5 with a 5.19 earned-run average this season.