SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp received a cortisone injection in his inflamed left shoulder Saturday and hopes he will return as soon as Tuesday against Arizona.
The Dodgers said before Saturday's win at San Francisco that Kemp would miss at least the final two games of this weekend's key series because of his troublesome left shoulder.
"I hope it's only a two-day thing and I'm back out there the third day," he said. "I wish this wasn't going on right now but injuries are a part of the game. They've definitely been part of my game this whole year. I'm not saying it's something I've gotten used to, just something that I've had to deal with. Try to figure out things."
Kemp underwent an MRI exam Saturday using dye contrasting to give doctors a better idea of where he is hurt. There was some fraying of the labrum but nothing serious in terms of structural damage, athletic trainer Sue Falsone said.
"We're confident that that's going to help," she said, noting at this stage there have been no discussions of potential surgery. "I don't think we're anywhere near looking at a worst-case scenario. We feel very confident that his inflammation is going to come down with the cortisone injection and rest, and we'll see him again on Tuesday. We're not talking anything surgical right now."
His shoulder is still bothering him from a crash into the outfield wall Aug. 28 at Coors Field. The collision could have irritated the labrum
Kemp did need some sedation to stay inside the claustrophobic MRI tube for a prolonged period after going in head first.
"I'm cool, I'm nice," he said with a grin, still a little bit out of it.
Manager Don Mattingly expects Kemp to return this season. The injury affects Kemp at the plate and the Dodgers wanted to find out exactly what was wrong.
"We lost him at least temporarily, we know that," Mattingly said before the game. "The shoulder with Matt has kind of gotten to the point where we need to find out exactly what it is."
The Dodgers had planned to do further tests during Thursday's off day but Kemp was concerned about missing a couple of days in a crucial stretch, Mattingly said. Because of the shot for the dye to be inserted, players typically need a couple of days to recover.
"I think he's come to the realization he needs to make sure what this is, and we'll go from there," Mattingly said. "He didn't want to miss any days, which is admirable. But we still need to find out really what's going on with this.