In only his second game back from the disabled list, Dodger center fielder re-injured his left hamstring while running from first to home on an Andre Ethier double. An extremely disappointed Kemp told members of the media that he felt the hamstring go after rounding second base but managed to scored when Brewers center field Carlos Gomez bobbled the ball. “It’s worse this time,” Kemp told reporters. “I’ll probably have to go on the DL but we’ll know more tomorrow after an MRI. It’s definitely nobody’s fault. It’s just what happens in sports… happens when you’re fast,” Kemp added while trying to make light of the situation.
While Dodger officials would not come right out and say that Kemp is definitely headed for the DL, there is absolutely zero doubt in my mind that this will happen and will happen on Thursday. Just prior to being allowed into the clubhouse for post-game interviews with Kemp and Dodger manager Don Mattingly, Dodger general manager Ned Colletti, assistant GM De Jon Watson, and new Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten entered and met with Mattingly. Although nothing was mentioned regarding this unusual meeting, one can certainly speculate that a decision was being made on who will be called up to replace Kemp on the 25-man roster.
Here again, although nothing was said in this regard, it is my opinion that it will be outfielder/2B Alex Castellanos who will get the call up. Since returning from a month-long stint on the DL himself (also for a hamstring injury), Castellanos is absolutely tearing it up at Triple-A Albuquerque. In 22 games with the Isotopes this season, Castellanos is hitting .379 (33 for 87) with 5 home runs and 14 RBIs. The Dodgers acquired Castellanos from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Rafael Furcal trade at last year’s trading deadline. The 25-year-old Castellanos was in Double-A at the time and has moved up quickly since joining the Dodger organization.
With a lengthy road trip beginning on June 1 with stops in Colorado, Philadelphia, and Seattle, the Dodgers will be facing their biggest hurdle of the season while trying to hold on to their 5 1/2 game lead in the NL West, and will now have to do so without the of their best player. This is clearly a major turning point in the season for the team.