Kemp hopes to be healthy for All-Star game

By

Published:

 

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp hopes to play in the All-Star game next month in Kansas City -- as long as he's sure he will be healthy for the stretch run with NL West-leading Los Angeles.

Whether manager Don Mattingly and the medical staff give him the go-ahead is another question altogether. Kemp says he and Mattingly have discussed the All-Star game and will do so again.

Kemp has been on the disabled list for a second time this season since May 31 with the same strained left hamstring that first sidelined him from May 14-29.

Kemp, the reigning NL MVP and the National League's All-Star votes leader with 3,322,009 in baseball's latest count this week, insists he won't play in the Midsummer Classic if there is any question he won't be healthy for the long haul.