Matt Kemp's Hamstring Hates Him And Other MLBullets

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp warms up earlier this year. He won't be doing that again for a while. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

The third calendar month of the season is here, and you can bet that teams hope to separate themselves clearly into contenders by the time July rolls around...

  • Matt Kemp was in early stages of what could have been an historic season when his hamstring jumped up and bit him. The injury not only cost Kemp a couple weeks of play, but it also cost him his then league-leading consecutive games played streak. Kemp returned from that injury earlier this week. And now his hamstring bit him again. Kemp strained his hamstring in a slightly different place (same hamstring, though), and is now expected to be out for a month. Sources say four weeks is the best case scenario, so it could even be longer. It's always a bummer when elite players go down with an injury (OK, well maybe not "always," depending on the character of the player involved), and that's certainly true with Kemp. He could have had something special this season - something we all would have wanted to watch - but now he'll have to settle for a healthy return, and a very good, but shortened, season.

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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