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Matt Kemp to disabled list — again — for Dodgers

Mike Oz
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(AP)

The disappointing and disabled season of Matt Kemp took another blow on Wednesday, as the Dodgers announced he's once again going to the disabled list.

Kemp — who is hitting .263/.319/.382 with only five homers —hurt himself Sunday, his first game back from a previous disabled-list stint for a shoulder injury. He rolled his ankle sliding into home plate in the ninth inning of a game the Los Angeles Dodgers were winning 9-2.

See, Derek Jeter isn't the only star who can hurt himself while running the bases in his first game back from the disabled list.

After the injury Sunday, both Kemp and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly didn't think Kemp was seriously hurt — though, Mattingly seems to be a pretty bad prognosticator of DL trips this season. When the swelling didn't reduce, Mattingly announced Kemp would sit out the team's current three-game series in Toronto and possibly head to the DL.

This is Kemp's third DL trip of the season. He's played in 62 of the Dodgers' 99 games. Losing Kemp right now isn't as much of a blow as it was earlier in the season. The Dodgers have clawed back into first place and have Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier healthy in the outfield.

The Dodgers are 14-4 in July, which is largely with Kemp out of the lineup. They're playing the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, looking to close out their second consecutive series sweep and advance their winning streak to six games.

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