Matt Kemp (hammy) to have MRI

Updated: May 14, 2012, 9:27 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers' All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp will undergo an MRI on his irritated left hamstring which caused him to leave Sunday's game against the Colorado Rockies after the third inning.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked after the game whether it might be a good idea just to put Kemp onto the 15-day disabled list to let the hamstring heal completely.

"I'm not afraid to do it if that is what we have to do,'' Mattingly said. "I will let the medical people tell us what they think. They know a lot more about it than me. We will talk about it. We'll talk to (general manager) Ned (Colletti) about it. Everybody will be involved in a decision like this.''

Asked the same question, Kemp said no.

"I'm definitely not going on the DL,'' he said. "That isn't going to happen. The team needs me. I don't think this is a 15-day thing. I think it's a one-, two- or three-day thing. I won't need to go on the DL for it.''

A team source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that the Dodgers will know in a few days if Kemp needs some DL time.

The injury flared up after Kemp grounded out to shortstop to end the third inning.

He then appeared to start toward center field for the beginning of the fourth inning, but was then seen having a brief conference in front of the Dodgers dugout with Mattingly and assistant trainer Greg Harrell where he appeared to be testing his leg.

When it became clear he was coming out of the game, Kemp slammed both his glove and his cap in frustration as he walked back down the dugout steps.

Kemp grounded out twice before leaving the game, extending his current drought to 14 consecutive at-bats without a hit, although he did drive in the Dodgers' first run of the game when he grounded to short in the first inning.

Kemp didn't start last Sunday's game in Chicago because of the hamstring, then was obviously slowed by it during Monday night's game with the San Francisco Giants.

Tony Jackson

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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