Matt Kemp has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring, the team announced Thursday. Despite the fact that it is being called a “mild” strain, the Dodgers need to be extra careful with Kemp. He strained his hamstring in the Dodgers’ Wednesday night loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Kemp was placed on the disabled list two separate times in 2012 due to a left hamstring strain and missed 50 games with a left hamstring injury. The Dodgers recalled Tim Federowicz to take Kemp’s place on the roster. Many thought that the Dodgers would promote either Yasiel Puig or Joc Pederson, but instead Federowicz got the call because A.J. Ellis is dealing with an oblique injury and may miss some time.
MLB News & Notes
- Michael Wacha sure did not disappoint the Cardinals in his major league debut. Wacha racked up six strikeouts while holding the Royals to just one run. A blown save by Mitchell Boggs cost him his first win, but Wacha looked very comfortable on a major league mound and will certainly get another start.
- A.J. Ellis (oblique) could need a trip to the disabled list due to pain in his left side muscle. Ellis was out of the lineup on Thursday and will likely miss a couple more games. In the meantime, Ramon Hernandez and Tim Federowicz will share playing time.
- Peter Bourjos (hamstring) looks like he will begin a rehab assignment on Monday. Bourjos ran the bases on Thursday and said that he felt good.
- Jeff Locke held the Tigers scoreless for 5 1/3 innings. Locke’s scoreless streak has reached 19 1/3 innings and now has five starts this season that he has not allowed a run. Locke is becoming a very solid option in all formats.
- Chris Archer will be called up to make the start for the Rays against the Indians on Saturday. Archer owns a 3.96 ERA in 50 innings over 10 starts this season in Triple-A. This will be a tough match-up for him.
- Bryce Harper (knee) is eying a return to the lineup Friday night. This is big news because just yesterday, Nationals manager Davy Johnson stated that Harper’s knee was still bothering him. To that point, it seems more likely that Harper will return in the two or three days.
- Josh Hamilton (back) missed his second start in three days due to back spasms. He did come in the game as a defensive replacement, so the injury doesn’t seem to be too serious.
- Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-4 and set a Red Sox record with five steals Thursday in the win against the Phillies.
- Jose Reyes (ankle) could begin a rehab assignment within a week. Reyes has been running for the past week and looks to be improving as expected. As long as there are no setbacks, Reyes should be back in the next few weeks.