A few weeks ago, Matt Kemp was the Most Valuable Player in the National League. Sort of like last year, except he didn't win an actual trophy because his team wasn't real good. This year his team was real good and, if the balloting had happened a few weeks ago, Kemp would have been the MVP. Unanimously.
Then he hurt his hamstring and went on the Disabled List. And somehow his Dodgers just kept on winning without him, going 9-5 in Kemp's absence.
Well, now it looks like they'll have another chance to shine without their biggest star. Wednesday night, in just his second game after coming off the DL, Kemp re-injured his hamstring while scoring a run against the Brewers in the first inning, and immediately exited the proceedings, though not before snapping a bat over his knee in abject frustration.
There's no word yet on Kemp's immediate future. But with Bobby Abreu ensconced in left field (at least against right-handed pitchers) and Andre Ethier having a great season in right, Tony Gwynn Jr. will slide back into center field until Kemp's healthy.