Don Mattingly Says Kemp's Shoulder Is To Blame, Stan Kasten Says He's Healthy

Mattingly & Kasten Disagree On Why Kemp Can't Hit

5/28/13 in MLB   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

May 25, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) in the dugout during in the eighth inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers won 5-3.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports Matt Kemp is one of the most perplexing people on the Los Angeles Dodgers and it seems like no one can agree on what is keeping him from performing.

Not even Don Mattingly and Stan Kasten. 

Mattingly said that the center fielder's left shoulder, which he had surgery on over the off-season, is to blame for Kemp's slump. He said:

"He's not where he wants to be. He's frustrated out there. The biggest thing we want to do with Matt is try to keep the bat in the strike zone longer. Just from my standpoint of watching Matt the year before and this year, when he's going good he's driving the ball to center field, right-center."

However, on ESPN 710, Kasten said that internally he's being told that Kemp is healthy as far as his shoulder is concerned and shouldn't be blamed for any of this. 

Kemp himself echoed that saying, "I don't really want to talk about hitting right now. I'm good. I'm just figuring out some things.",

The season is already a quarter over and nothing has really picked up for him, so if Kemp is going to figure things out, he's going to need to do it soon.

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