Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp
left Tuesday's contest with the Colorado Rockies in the bottom of the first
inning after crashing into the center-field wall.
With one out in the bottom of the first, Kemp was tracking a fly ball off the
bat of Josh Rutledge when he ran full-speed into the padded wall in center
He remained on the warning-track dirt, while left fielder Shane Victorino
corralled the ball and fired it into the infield as Rutledge coasted into
third with a triple.
The training staff rushed out to attend to Kemp, who remained on the ground
for about 10 minutes before making his way to his feet and deciding he was
able to continue playing the field.
Kemp was then unable to make a diving catch when Jordan Pacheco lofted a fly
ball into shallow right-center field, allowing Rutledge to score before Wilin
Rosario ripped a single into center, plating Pacheco for a 2-0 edge.
Kemp then signaled to the training staff that he was unable to continue and
Juan Rivera entered to take over in left field, while Victorino slid over to
center field to fill the void left by Kemp.
Kemp, 27, is hitting .337 with 17 home runs and 54 RBI this season.
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