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(Updates with Kemp injury)

Sept 29 (The Sports Xchange) - The Los Angeles Dodgers learned on Sunday that outfielder Matt Kemp is finished for the year and will not be available for the postseason.

An MRI on Kemp's left ankle revealed significant swelling and weakening in the bone, according to Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttrache, ESPN.com reported.

The team decided Kemp could do further damage by playing. Kemp was told that his left ankle is so fragile he risks breaking it if he continues to push it.

"My season is over," Kemp said after Sunday's game. "This season is like a nightmare."

Kemp, the runner-up to Ryan Braun in the 2011 National League most valuable player race, spent the majority of this season on the disabled list.

He returned to action on Sept. 16 and played in 11 games.

Kemp finished the year batting .270 with six homers.

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier also is dealing with a left ankle injury and is unlikely to be available to play the outfield in the first round of the playoffs. The Dodgers open the National League Division Series in Atlanta on Thursday.

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Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto will start Tuesday's wild-card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Pirates because fellow righty Mat Latos has a bone chip in his pitching elbow.

The host Pirates will counter with left-hander Francisco Liriano.

The Reds hope Latos will improve with treatment and will be able to pitch in the National League Divisional Series if they win on Tuesday.

Manager Dusty Baker was considering starting Latos in the wild-card game but the right-hander has been bothered by pain in his elbow.

With Cueto starting, Latos will probably not be on the Reds' roster for the game. He may return if the Reds win Tuesday's game.

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Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star left-hander Jeff Locke was left off the team's postseason roster.

Locke struggled in the second half of the season, including a 7.25 ERA in his last 10 starts.

Locke was recently shut down for the rest of the season and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Sunday that includes the playoffs. Locke, 25, finishes the season 10-7 with a 3.52 ERA.

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Boston Red Sox right-hander John Lackey was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday to give him some additional rest heading into the postseason.

Allen Webster started in Lackey's place.

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The Miami Marlins announced they had promoted Michael Hill to president of baseball operations and Dan Jennings to general manager.

The restructuring occurred after owner Jeffrey Loria fired longtime executive Larry Beinfest last week.

(Editing by Gene Cherry)

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