MLB injury notes: Dodgers place Kemp on DL, Hamilton scratched from start

Harry How

Taking a look a the latest injury news in MLB.

Dodgers place Kemp on DL

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a right hamstring strain. Kemp injured his hamstring on Wednesday running down a double against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Dodgers did not call up an obvious replacement for Kemp, and don't have a clear option on the roster to replace the centerfielder. Andre Ethier played replaced Kemp in centerfield on Thursday night, with Scott Van Slyke playing rightfield.

Kemp has struggled offensively this season, hitting .251/.305/.335.

Pettitte to return on Monday

New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte will return to the New York Yankees pitching staff on Monday, making his return against the Cleveland Indians

Pettitte originally strained his left trapezius muscle on May 16 against the Seattle Mariners, and the team placed the veteran lefty on the disabled list the next day. The starter had pitched well before missing time with an injury, going 4-3 for New York with a 3.83 ERA.

It is unclear what corresponding roster move will be made to clear space for Pettitte. The two obvious candidates to be optioned are Vidal Nuno or Ivan Nova.

Hamilton scratched with back spasms

The Los Angeles Angels scratched outfielder Josh Hamilton from the starting lineup against the Dodgers on Thursday with back spasms.

The Angels have held Hamilton out of two of their past three games because of the injury. Mark Trumbo replaced Hamilton in right field, which caused Albert Pujols to move from DH to first base.

The outfielder has struggled at the plate this season, hitting .219/.283/.393 in 223 plate appearances. Lingering issues with back spasms is the last thing Hamilton wants to deal with right now.

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