Matt Kemp has shoulder surgery

Updated: October 6, 2012, 3:41 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff damage in his left shoulder Friday. He won't swing a bat for three months but is expected to be ready for Opening Day, the team said.

The 60-minute procedure at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Kemp will begin physical therapy in seven to 10 days.

The Dodgers were hoping the surgery would be little more than a cleanup and Kemp would be ready to return in a matter of a few weeks. He injured his shoulder colliding with an outfield wall against the Rockies in Colorado on Aug. 28.

Both Kemp and Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford will enter the 2013 season coming off surgery. Crawford had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in August, and the timetable for his return is believed to be similar to Kemp's.

If Kemp isn't ready to begin the season, the Dodgers could use Tony Gwynn Jr. in center field. They also have Cuban defector Yasiel Puig, but he finished last season at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and likely won't be ready by Opening Day.

Kemp, the runner-up for the 2011 National League MVP, missed 51 games this season with hamstring injuries.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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