Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp on DL for third time this season

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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is headed back to the disabled list once again. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Matt Kemp

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed center fielder Matt Kemp on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle, the team announced Wednesday.

It's Kemp's third trip to the DL this season and he is eligible to return August 6.  The team activated left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly to take Kemp's roster spot.

Kemp missed 11 games with a sore left shoulder and came off the DL before Sunday's 9-2 win over the Washington Nationals.

He was 3 for 4 with a home run in that game, but limped off the field after sliding into home plate on a force play in the ninth inning. He has not played since.

Kemp has only played 62 games this season, and is batting .263 with five home runs and 27 RBI.

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"That thing just didn't go anywhere for us," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We were hoping over 48 hours it would get a lot better. It hasn't. After listening to (Dodgers medical director Stan Conte), he wasn't 100 percent sure. I think we're hopeful of that. We'll see."