SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have all but ruled out injured slugger Matt Kemp for next month’s All-Star game in Kansas City.
General manager Ned Colletti calls it a “long shot” for Kemp to play, with the outfielder still recovering from a strained left hamstring that landed him on the disabled list for a second time this season May 31. The 2011 NL MVP runner-up first missed time from May 14-29. Manager Don Mattingly is supportive if Kemp wants to participate in the Home Run Derby, as Los Angeles’ medical staff has given him the go-ahead to do so.
Kemp said last week in Oakland he had discussed the Midsummer Classic with Mattingly and wants to make sure he is fully healthy for the second half with NL West-leading Los Angeles.