Matt Kemp injury: Dodgers OF back in lineup; Scott Van Slyke sent to minors

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Kemp is returning after a minimum 15 day stint on the DL that he spent recovering from irritation in his left AC joint.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated center fielder Matt Kemp from the disabled list, according to the team's official Twitter page. To make room on the roster, Scott Van Slyke was optioned back to the minors.

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Kemp has been on the disabled list retroactive to July 6 and missed only the minimum of 15 days as he recovered from irritation in the AC joint in his left shoulder. Kemp had only been on the active roster for a week and a half at the time after being recalled from a previous DL stint.

Kemp has struggled this season after undergoing offseason surgery on his shoulder. He has played in just 61 games while dealing with shoulder inflammation and has hit .254/.309/.357 with four home runs and nine stolen bases.

The Dodgers have Kemp starting in center field for Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals.

Van Slyke has played in 33 games this season over a couple of stints in the major leagues. He has posted an .827 OPS with six home runs.

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