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Dodgers' Kemp a reluctant DL victim

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers, one of baseball's most surprising teams, are now without the National League's best player.

CF Matt Kemp, who finished second in the MVP voting last season and is among the league leaders in nearly every significant category, went on the 15-day disabled list after Monday night's late game with a strained left hamstring.

"I'm disappointed," Kemp said after missing his first game since Aug. 18, 2009. "This is my second time being on the DL, and the first time was a long time ago (April 2007). I like playing every game, but I've got to be healthy and playing at 100 percent for me to be effective. So I've got to let it heal. It's going to take some time."

"It's hard for me to sit out for 15 days. I mean, I was going crazy (Monday) watching them play."

Kemp's majors-high games played streak ended at 399 in Los Angeles' 3-1 victory over the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Tigers 1B Prince Fielder now holds the longest current streak at 217 games.

OF Jerry Sands was recalled from the minor leagues to take Kemp's roster spot.

The Dodgers also placed INF Juan Uribe on the disabled list with left wrist soreness.

ANOTHER CLOSER lost: The Yankees placed RHP David Robertson on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his left ribcage. Robertson was working as the fill-in closer for RHP Mariano Rivera, likely sidelined for the season after tearing a knee ligament on May 3.

Robertson was hurt Friday and hadn't pitched since. Former Rays closer Rafael Soriano, who has picked up New York's past two saves, will take over closer duties.

The Yankees called up RHP Cody Eppley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre.

ALL-STAR GAME: Major League Baseball will announce today that the 2013 game will be at the Mets' Citi Field. The Mets will host the All-Star Game for the first time since 1964. In other Mets news, LF Jason Bay, out the past three weeks with a fractured rib, was cleared to resume baseball activities.

ANGELS: Hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was fired after a dismal offensive start. Jim Eppard was promoted from Triple-A Salt Lake to replace Hatcher, who had been with the team since 2000. Los Angeles has 134 runs in 37 games, 22nd in the majors.

BRAVES: 1B Freddie Freeman, who left Monday night's game in the seventh inning with blurred vision in his right eye, was diagnosed with a slight corneal abrasion and is day-to-day.

CARDINALS: CF Jon Jay went on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder soreness. OF Shane Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis after one day in the minors.

METS: C Josh Thole said he has been symptom free since Friday from a concussion he sustained a week ago and hopes to resume baseball activities soon.

PHILLIES: RHP Vance Worley was scratched from tonight's start because of a sore elbow.

RED SOX: 3B Kevin Youkilis, out since April 27 with a back injury, is scheduled to begin his rehab today at Triple-A Pawtucket. … The team honored retired RHP Tim Wakefield with a ceremony before the game against Seattle. The knuckleballer is third in career wins in club history, trailing only RHPs Cy Young and Roger Clemens.

TIGERS: Closer Jose Valverde left in the ninth inning with lower back tightness.

TWINS: 1B Justin Morneau, out since May 6 with a sore right wrist, will be activated from the disabled list before tonight's game at Detroit. 1B Chris Parmelee was optioned to Triple-A Rochester to make room.

WHITE SOX: RH reliever Jesse Crain was activated from the disabled list, and LHP Eric Stults was designated for assignment. Crain had been out since April 27 with a strained left oblique.

Dodgers' Kemp a reluctant DL victim 05/15/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:13am]
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