Kemp will undergo a left shoulder cleanup on his A-C joint, the team said Tuesday, and is expected to be ready for spring training. The center fielder will begin rehabilitation a few days after the surgery.
He was already wearing a boot and using crutches because
of swelling in a bone in his left ankle, leaving him as a spectator during the
Dodgers’ advanced to the NLCS.
Team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who will perform the
surgery, said last week that Kemp has swelling in one of the major
weight-bearing bones in his sprained ankle.
Kemp, hampered with injuries the entire season, was left off the Dodgers’ postseason roster. He hit .314 in 11 games in September after returning from a
sprained left ankle and a sore hamstring, played in only 73 games this season and
had three stints on the disabled list. He appeared mostly recovered in
his latest comeback, although he was not running the bases at full
speed, something manager Don Mattingly acknowledged.
“That’s the most
frustrating thing, that I worked hard to get where I needed to be and
help the team win,” Kemp said on Sept. 29. “It’s like a bad nightmare. It’s injury after injury after injury after
injury. I mean, honestly, I don’t know what to say anymore except that
the season’s over with for me. I have to be that cheerleader or be that
leader on the bench to help those guys get through the tough games
they’re going to play.”
— Mike Martinez of FOXSportsWest.com and the Associated Press contributed to this report