The Dodgers’ Jerry Hairston joked, “We need a DH,” before Matt Kemp injured his shoulder Friday night, but a rotation among the team’s four outfielders actually could work. Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier bat left-handed, and Yasiel Puig right-handed. And Kemp and Crawford, coming off hamstring injuries, will need occasional breaks.
Kemp has been on the disabled list three times in the past 14 months with hamstring trouble, Crawford has been sidelined twice this season with his own hamstring issues. According to Dodgers trainer Stan Conte, research has shown that one out of five players coming off such injuries re-injure their hamstrings within a year, just as Kemp did last season. The Dodgers plan to monitor each player’s exertions — in the outfield, on the bases — before determining their lineups each day. — Ken Rosenthal
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