National League

Matt Kemp Will Not Travel to Australia for Season Opening Series


Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp, will not to travel to Australia for the Dodgers opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The outfielder, is currently attempting to work his way back from offseason ankle and shoulder surgery and despite being able to hit, he is still unable to run on his ankle.

Kemp established himself as an MVP-caliber player after his amazing 2011 season in which he hit .324 with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, before injuries kept him off the field. In 2012 he played in only 106 games which dropped in 2013 to 73 games. He compiled a paltry 6 home runs and 33 RBI, with a .270/.328/.395  slash line.

The Dodgers do however have a star-studded outfield even without Kemp, as Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig and Andre Ethier are set to start in Australia. If and when Kemp does return to full health, it leaves the Dodgers with a major dilemma, as they have four outfielders who are all everyday players with only three outfield positions available. With the season fast approaching, we shall see how Dodgers manager Don Mattingly plays his outfield.

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