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Kemp slated for shoulder surgery

Kemp slated for shoulder surgery

Kemp slated for shoulder surgery
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said he will have surgery on his injured left shoulder Friday.

Kemp said Dr. Neal ElAttrache isn't sure of the extent of damage caused when he slammed into the wall at Coors Field on Aug. 27. An MRI at the time revealed a frayed labrum at the least.

Kemp said if only a cleanup is required, he would be sidelined four to six weeks. If extensive repair to the labrum is necessary, he could be down up to three months. In either case, he expected to be ready for the start of Spring Training.

After missing 51 games earlier in the season with a strained left hamstring, Kemp insisted on playing through the shoulder pain and finishing out the season in the lineup.

Kemp was batting .337 at the time of the injury. Since then, he hit .214 with six home runs, 15 RBIs and 33 strikeouts in 112 at-bats.

Asked why he was determined to play through the pain, Kemp said, "Just something that needed to be done."

As for the upcoming surgery, he said, "Of course I'm nervous. I've never had surgery before."

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