Matt Kemp, out since July 21 with a sprained left ankle, felt tightness in his right hamstring Thursday while rehabbing in Glendale, Ariz. His timetable to return to the Dodgers has been delayed indefinitely.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Kemp didn’t hit today.
“If the doctors say this hammy’s going to put him back two weeks, that means two weeks of not hitting, not doing all kinds of other stuff,” Mattingly said. “At some point we run out of time.”
The Dodgers have 22 games left in the regular season after today. The playoffs begin Oct. 1. Kemp missed 24 games earlier this season with an injury to the same hamstring, so the team’s concern is obvious.
General manager Ned Colletti told radio station KSPN (710-AM) that he wasn’t sure how long the injury would keep Kemp off the active roster. “Luckily we have the depth to withstand it,” he said.
To that end, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig will hold onto their starting jobs at least a little longer. Mattingly had already told the four outfielders that one of them would be sitting every day upon Kemp’s return.
“It’s going to be a tough situation,” he said on Aug. 26.
Three days later Kemp went to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment and batted 0 for 18 with seven strikeouts in five games. He then went to Camelback Ranch in Glendale for some additional training before returning to the Dodgers, possibly as soon as next week.
Kemp has only appeared in 62 major-league games this season — one since the All-Star break. He has a .263 batting average with five home runs.