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Dodgers’ Kemp Returns to Disabled List With Strained Hamstring

June 01, 2012

Matt Kemp is back on the disabled list after playing two games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and said he expects to be out for a month.

The All-Star outfielder re-aggravated his strained left hamstring two days ago in his second game back from the injury. Kemp, 27, said he felt a jab in his hamstring as he approached third base while trying to score from first on a double by Andre Ethier in a 6-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

“It’s hurting pretty good right now,” Kemp told reporters after the game. “It feels worse than the first time.”

After coming off the field, Kemp grabbed a bat in the Dodgers’ dugout, snapped it over his knee in frustration and then threw down the pieces before heading to the clubhouse accompanied by team trainers.

“This is the first time I’ve ever had a hamstring problem and I know they’re tricky, they can come back,” Kemp said. “I have to take it slow and let it heal. It felt good, it really did. I thought I was 100 percent, but it’s still lingering.”

Kemp is hitting .355 with 12 home runs and 28 runs batted in over 36 games for the Dodgers this season.

Kemp originally went on the DL with the injury on May 14, ending his streak of 399 consecutive Major League Baseball games played. He missed the minimum 15 days and returned to the Dodgers’ lineup after a two-game rehabilitation stint in the minors.

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