Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp at bat against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Kemp Returns To Dodgers From DL

Monday, Matt Kemp participated in the 2012 Home Run Derby. Friday, he was activated off the disabled list in time for the stretch run.

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Matt Kemp Out Through All-Star Break

When Matt Kemp went back on the disabled list just two days after returning from the disabled list, aggravating the same hamstring injury that put him on the list the first time … following this? … the best-case scenario for him was a return in four weeks, which would have made that just about now.

Kemp isn’t back. And he won’t be back for a couple more weeks, at least. Dylan Hernandez:

Matt Kemp isn’t being counted on to return before the All-Star break, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Monday.

"We’re hoping to get him back after the break," Mattingly said.

Kemp will have to play five or six games in the minor leagues before he is activated from the disabled list. Mattingly is hopeful Kemp can start his rehabilitation assignment before the July 10 All-Star game.

Kemp won’t play in the All-Star Game, but Hernandez writes that he can be in the Home Run Derby — for which he is the National League captain. Whether he’ll do that or not has yet to be determined.

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Matt Kemp Back To DL; Alex Castellanos Recalled By Dodgers

The DodgersMatt Kemp was having a really, really, really good year.

Then he got hurt. Hamstring issue.

Then he came back! The season can pick up where it left off, right?

Whoops. Hurt again Wednesday night, Kemp is now back on the 15-day disabled list:

To replace him, the Dodgers are calling up someone who is hitting a ton even by Pacific Coast League standards. Castellanos is absolutely destroying PCL pitching: .379/.476.759 in 105 plate appearances, which includes 19 extra-base hits in 22 games (10 doubles, four triples, five home runs). He’s also stolen nine bases in 11 attempts.

Castellanos was acquired by the Dodgers from the Cardinals in the Rafael Furcal trade last July. Originally drafted as an infielder, he’d been playing the outfield for the last two seasons, but the Dodgers moved him to second base this year. With the injury to regular second baseman Mark Ellis, and that batting pedigree, Castellanos should get some regular playing time. It’s his first time on a major league roster.

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Matt Kemp Injury: Back To DL With Hamstring Problem?

A few weeks ago, Matt Kemp was the Most Valuable Player in the National League. Sort of like last year, except he didn't win an actual trophy because his team wasn't real good. This year his team was real good and, if the balloting had happened a few weeks ago, Kemp would have been the MVP. Unanimously.

Then he hurt his hamstring and went on the Disabled List. And somehow his Dodgers just kept on winning without him, going 9-5 in Kemp's absence.

Well, now it looks like they'll have another chance to shine without their biggest star. Wednesday night, in just his second game after coming off the DL, Kemp re-injured his hamstring while scoring a run against the Brewers in the first inning, and immediately exited the proceedings, though not before snapping a bat over his knee in abject frustration.

There's no word yet on Kemp's immediate future. But with Bobby Abreu ensconced in left field (at least against right-handed pitchers) and Andre Ethier having a great season in right, Tony Gwynn Jr. will slide back into center field until Kemp's healthy.

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