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Dodgers' Matt Kemp placed on disabled list late Monday night

Los Angeles star is expected to miss the minimum 15 days with a strained hamstring.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 15, 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, a Midwest City native, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday night following the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

An MRI on Monday revealed that Kemp has a strain in his left hamstring.

The Dodgers said before Monday's game that he was available to pinch hit, but manager Don Mattingly said after the game he was in fact unavailable and heading to the disabled list, ending his consecutive games played streak at 399. That streak was the longest in the majors.

“I'm disappointed,” Kemp told The Associated Press. “This is my second time being on the DL, and the first time was a long time ago (April 2007). I like playing every game, but I've got to be healthy and playing at 100 percent for me to be effective. So I've got to let it heal. It's going to take some time.

“It's hard for me to sit out for 15 days. I mean, I was going crazy tonight watching them play.”

Kemp, who initially said on Sunday he was not going on the DL, had not missed a game since Aug. 18, 2009, until Monday. He is expected, for now, to miss just the 15 days.

Kemp is batting .359 with 12 home runs and 28 RBIs.