Friday, October 05, 2012

Kemp's Surgery Went from a Cleanup to a Repair

As you probably already knew, Matt Kemp went into surgery today in hopes that Dr. Neal ElAttrache would only have to do a little cleaning up on his aching shoulder.  Instead, he found a tear that required an immediate repair.  Via Dylan Hernandez at the LA Times:
Kemp is believed to have torn his labrum crashing into a wall in Colorado on Aug. 28. He and the Dodgers were hoping the damage would be relatively minor and require nothing more than a cleanup, but Dr. Neal ElAttrache decided the labrum had to be repaired - that is, reattached to the socket.

The Dodgers issued a statement stating ElAttrache expects Kemp to be ready for opening day. The All-Star center fielder will begin physical therapy in seven to 10 days and is expected to start swinging a bat in early January, according to the team.

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I think it's likely he'll be less than 100%.
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez underwent a similar procedure in October of 2010. He was limited to 11 games the following spring.

"I didn't have a lot of power in April, but I got hits and everything," Gonzalez said. "Once May rolled around, I felt pretty good."

Gonzalez hit only one home run that April for the Boston Red Sox, but he finished the season with 27.

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We've got far to many players coming back from big injuries next season.  Hopefully, the off-season brings about some healing.

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