Matt Kemp won't be back for the Los Angeles Dodgers until after the All-Star break, which begins on July 9, according to comments manager Don Mattingly made in a report from Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times:
[H]e probably won't play in the All-Star game and the Dodgers will be without their $160-million center fielder for at least two more weeks.
"We're hoping to get him back after the break," Manager Don Mattingly said Monday.
Kemp, who was placed on the disabled list on May 31 with a strained hamstring, was leading the National League in All-Star votes at the latest count. Mattingly said that even though he's talked with others on the team about having him play in the All-Star game, he's not ready to let the outfielder play his first game until it's with the Dodgers in a regular game:
"We've kind of talked about it as an organization," Mattingly said. "I know Matt wants to play, but it's hard to let him play his first game during the All-Star game."
Kemp can still be the captain for the Home-Run Derby and can even participate in it, after Mattingly said doctors confirmed that it wouldn't affect his hamstring injury.
According to the report, Kemp will have to play in five or six minor league games before he can return to the Dodgers. The team is hopeful that he'll be able to begin that rehab assignment before the All-Star break begins. By the time he returns, Kemp will have missed approximately six weeks because of injury and is expected to miss at least another 13 games.