Kemp’s shoulder worse then expected

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp underwent what was thought to be minor shoulder surgery on Friday. Instead Kemp had to have his labrum reattached to the socket. The Dodgers said that they still expect him to be ready for opening day but the recovery should take about four months now as he’s not allowed to swing a bat till January.

He and the Dodgers were hoping the damage would be relatively minor and require nothing more than a cleanup, but Dr. Neal ElAttrache decided the labrum had to be repaired — that is, reattached to the socket.

The Dodgers issued a statement stating ElAttrache expects Kemp to be ready for opening day. The All-Star center fielder will begin physical therapy in seven to 10 days and is expected to start swinging a bat in early January, according to the team. (Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers fans can look to their own roster to get a glimpse of what to expect. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez underwent the same procedure in 2010. He only appeared in 11 spring training games but was ready for the start of the season. His power wasn’t there to begin but came along as the season progressed hitting 27 overall in 2011.

“I didn’t have a lot of power in April, but I got hits and everything,” Gonzalez said. “Once May rolled around, I felt pretty good.”(Los Angeles Times)

Hanley Ramirez underwent the same procedure last September himself. He played all of spring training and hit 24 homeruns in 2012.

So the injury shouldn’t effect Kemp long term, I’d just have lower expectations what to expect early on in the season.

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