Matt Kemp To The DL, Could Yasiel Puig Be Los Angeles Bound?
Matt Kemp‘s disappointing 2013 season has taken another turn for the worst. During Tuesday nights game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kemp was hit by a pitch on his right elbow. Although originally trying to tough it out, he was pulled from the game when he informed manager Don Mattingly that he couldn’t throw the ball due to numbness in his right hand.
Wednesday’s game, this time in Anaheim, Kemp removed himself from the game for the same reasons. Speculation has arisen that he will indeed spend some time on the DL. If this is indeed true, it opens up a roster spot, and more importantly, an outfield spot on the team. This leaves 2 possible options for call-ups. The first, and seemingly obvious option is to call up the young phenom, Yasiel Puig. Puig, who is batting .309 with 8 HR and 36 RBI, could add some spark to a lineup in desperate need of it. The fans are clamoring for him to be called up and this could be his chance to step into the big leagues and steal the spotlight. No doubt that all eyes would be on him if this were to happen.
The 2nd, and less thought about choice is Joc Pederson. A California native, Pederson is quietly hitting .313 with 8 HR and 22 RBI. Both Puig and Pederson would be welcomed additions to the team, and would add some young blood to the lineup. We can look to guys like Mike Trout and Matt Weiters to see that adding a young prospect to the lineup mid-season can help turn things around.
Things in the Dodger clubhouse could change drastically if Kemp does spend some time on the DL. Is he in danger of losing his CF spot, probably not, but if either Pederson or Puig can make a huge impact on the team, its possible that either Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier could be made available. Ethier is already rumored to be available, and the team most linked to him in these rumors is the New York Mets. This could be a both exciting and interesting 2 weeks for Dodgers. What will happen remains to be seen. We can all speculate, but only time will tell.