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Did Matt Kemp Rush Back From Hamstring Injury? Dodgers Say No

The MRI exam on Matt Kemp's left hamstring did not deliver good news on Thursday for the Dodgers, as the superstar center fielder will miss at least four weeks. Kemp has swelling in the area of his previous hamstring strain, the one that sidelined him for 14 games, as well as another strain in a slightly higher area of the hamstring.

Kemp suffered the injury on Wednesday night while running the bases, just one day after returning from the disabled list. Did Kemp return too soon? Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone doesn't think so.

"We have benchmarks and milestones in place, and he achieved all of those milestones, or he wouldn't have been
out there playing," said Falsone.

The Dodgers plan to play it safe with Kemp this time around, and won't rush him back, not that they believe they rushed him back the first time.

"Obviously with two strains in one muscle, it's going to be a little bit longer from a rehab standpoint, so we'll just take it day by day," Falsone said. "He's upset but he's a professional. Yesterday was what it was. Today is the day we start getting better."

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