Matt Kemp injury: Dodgers OF hurts ankle, leaves game

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Kemp injured his ankle in his first game back from a left shoulder injury.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp suffered an ankle injury sliding into home plate during Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, his first back after nearly two weeks sitting out due to a shoulder ailment.

Kemp was on third base with the bases loaded and two outs as Carl Crawford took his hacks at the plate. Crawford hit a slow groundball to Adam LaRoche, but hustled down the line to beat the pitcher to the bag. LaRoche noticed that Kemp did not hustle to home plate, and fired the ball to the catcher.

Kemp then realized that he needed to get home, and lunged towards the plate. The outfielder rolled his ankle on the play, and was immediately removed from the game.

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced after the game that Kemp's injury looked like an ankle sprain, and he doesn't expect the outfielder to need time on the disabled list, according to the team's official Twitter account.

Kemp batted sixth against in his first game since July 8, sidelined with irritation in the AC joint of his left shoulder. He led off the top of the second inning with a line-drive home run deep down the left field line. His next plate appearance came later in the same inning, and he hit a double to left that scored Andre Ethier from first.

He then stepped up to the plate with two outs in the top of the fourth and hit an RBI single, again to left, that scored Hanley Ramirez from second. Kemp finished the day 3-for-4 with a walk, finishing a triple shy of the cycle.

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