This time the Dodgers are not going to dance around with
Kemp strained his right hamstring Wednesday night chasing down a
They put him on the 15-day disabled list before Thursday’s game and, at least for now, called up catcher
"It's just a mild strain," Kemp said. "It's something that can be worse, so you prevent it now. You don't want it to linger the whole year. Get it taken care of right now."
Kemp said he only expected to be on the DL for the 15 days. Federowicz is in the lineup Wednesday at catcher, with backup catcher
"The whole year we've been figuring out a way to patch up things where guys were hurt, and just going and moving on from there," Ethier said. "It's something that needed to be done today. Donnie [Mattingly] asked me and I said, 'Sure, let's do it.'"
Ethier’s stay in center figures to be a short one. Mattingly has already said he doesn’t have an everyday center fielder on his roster other than Kemp.
"We'll play today and if needs to be longer, then let's go for it and do," Ethier said. "It's one where we're just trying to figure out what we can do today to give us the best chance. And this is it, and we'll move onto tomorrow when we get there."
The Dodgers’ best center-field prospect is Joc Pederson at double-A Chattanooga. Pederson was not in the lineup Wednesday for the Lookouts and
It sounds as though Pederson might be on his way and will become the primary center fielder until Kemp returns.
[Updated at 5:41 p.m.: Mattingly said it was unlikely the Dodgers would call up a center fielder from double-A Cahttanooga, but were focusing on triple-A Albuquerque.
The primary center fielders for the
Mattingly said catcher
Last year Kemp went on the disabled list twice because of a left hamstring strain. This time it's on the right, and although the Dodgers called it a mild strain, they are clearly not going to take chances.
Last year Kemp went on the DL with the hamstring injury, came back too soon and reinjured it in his third game back, missing nearly six weeks. Kemp said there was some talk of waiting a few days to see how the hamstring responded before placing him on the DL.