Matt Kemp to undergo surgery on left shoulder

The Associated Press
Matt Kemp to undergo surgery on left shoulder
Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp, left, stands on crutches as teammate Jerry Hairston Jr. gets ready to hit during baseball batting practice, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Atlanta. The Dodgers play the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NL division series in Atlanta on Thursday. Kemp is out of the playoffs with complications from a sprained left ankle. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Kemp will undergo cleanup surgery on his left shoulder, a procedure that was planned before the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger was shut down for the postseason because of a sprained left ankle.

The team said the center fielder was scheduled to have the surgery on a joint in his shoulder on Tuesday at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.

Kemp will begin rehabilitation a few days later and is expected to be ready for spring training.

He was already wearing a boot and using crutches because of swelling in a bone in his left ankle, leaving him as a spectator during the Dodgers' victory over the Atlanta Braves in the NL division series. Kemp celebrated with the team after they completeda 3-1 series victory Monday night.

Team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who will perform the surgery, said last week that Kemp has swelling in one of the major weight-bearing bones in his sprained ankle.

Kemp missed 52 games during the last two months while on the disabled list because of the ankle.