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Matt Kemp injury: Dodgers CF has left shoulder surgery

The Dodgers center fielder had left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum on Oct. 5, and is expected to be able to swing a bat by early January. Kemp is expected by team doctors to be ready to play by opening day.

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Matt Kemp begins rehab from shoulder surgery

The star center fielder of the Los Angeles Dodgers began a rehab program in Arizona on Wednesday after left shoulder surgery just two days after the completion of the regular season. Kemp expects to be ready to play by spring training.

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Matt Kemp expected back opening day after surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp had successful shoulder surgery Friday and should be ready to go for Opening Day.

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Matt Kemp to undergo left shoulder surgery Friday

The Dodgers' All-Star center fielder could be out as much as four months if repair is needed during the procedure.

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Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw Return To Starting Lineup For Dodgers Vs. Diamondbacks

The Los Angeles Dodgers added the two best possible players they could have to their lineup on Tuesday night as they begin a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw return after brief setbacks.

Both Kemp and Kershaw received a cortisone shot and missed games in San Francisco over the weekend. Kemp missed two games with left shoulder inflammation, and an MRI showed a frayed labrum, which isn't the best news one likes to hear for the team's best hitter. Kershaw had left hip inflammation and was scratched from his Sunday start against the Giants.

Both are back for the series opener in Phoenix. Kemp bats cleanup for the Dodgers, with Kershaw on the mound against Ian Kennedy. Here are the starting lineups from Chase Field:

Dodgers (74-67)

Ellis 2B
Victorino LF
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp CF
Ramirez SS
Ethier RF
Cruz 3B
Ellis C
Kershaw P

Diamondbacks (69-72)

Eaton CF
Hill 2B
Kubel LF
Goldschmidt 1B
Upton RF
Montero C
Johnson 3B
McDonald SS
Kennedy P

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Matt Kemp Injury: Dodgers CF Leaves Game After Crashing Into Wall

Los Angeles Dodgers CF Matt Kemp was injured after crashing into the wall in the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. He sustained the injury chasing after a triple by the Rockies' Josh Rutledge. Kemp was removed from the game two batters later.

Juan Rivera entered the game in left field for Kemp as Shane Victorino moved over to center field.

If Kemp is lost for an extended period of time, it would be a big blow to the Dodgers' lineup. Kemp is batting .337 with 17 home runs and 54 RBI in 78 games this season. He has already spent time on the disabled list in 2012.

To stay updated with the latest news on Kemp's injury, stick with this StoryStream. For news, analysis, and opinion on the Dodgers, head to True Blue LA. For all things Major League Baseball, make a visit to SB Nation's Baseball Nation.

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