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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp underwent surgery on his left ankle Monday, the team announced. Kemp already was coming off a procedure on his left shoulder earlier this month, and his availability for spring training is in doubt.
Kemp injured his ankle with an awkward slide into home plate July 21. He returned in mid-September, but Dodgers orthopedist Neal ElAttrache declared Kemp out for the postseason on the final day of the regular season.
ElAttrache said there was significant swelling to the bone and that Kemp could jeopardize his career if he continued to play on it.
Kemp flew to North Carolina for the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson. It involved removing several spurs and a loose body, and doing a microfracture on the talus bone, the team said. Kemp will be in a splint for two weeks and a non-weight bearing boot for another two weeks. The Dodgers are hopeful he will be healthy in time for the regular season.
Kemp later took to Twitter to thank all those who had supported him throughout the day:
Thank u 2 all my fans showing me mad love 2day. Surgery went well 2day and I'm ready 2 start this process of getting back! #GrindTime— Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) October 22, 2013
Kemp has had a seemingly endless series of injuries since finishing runner-up to Ryan Braun in the 2011 MVP balloting. He injured his shoulder colliding with the center-field fence in Colorado in August 2012, and spent time on the disabled list last season with hamstring, shoulder and ankle injuries.
Kemp, 29, just finished the first season of an eight-year, $160 million contract. He hit .270 with six home runs.