Back on Saturday, Matt Kemp made a great diving catch in the bottom of the fifth against the Pirates. On the very next at-bat, Kemp singled but exited the game once he reached base. He labored making his way up to first base, and the Braves labelled him as being “day-to-day” with a hamstring strain. However, it didn’t appear to be too serious since the Braves decided to keep him on the bench and labelled him as being available to pinch hit for the afternoon game on Sunday.
Fast forward to today, and it appears that the injury was serious enough to put Matt Kemp on the Disabled List, and the Braves have done just that.
The Braves have placed OF Matt Kemp on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to 4/8) due to a right hamstring strain.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 11, 2017
As such, that left a roster spot open and it’s being filled by Johan Camargo, who will be making his MLB debut if-and-when he enters a game while he’s up. Camargo spent all of 2016 with the Mississippi Braves in AA, and was optioned to Gwinnett during spring training this year. He played all of three games in AAA before receiving the call-up to the bigs as a result of Matt Kemp’s injury.
Of course, the big story here is Kemp’s health. Kemp was off to a pretty good start at the plate and that was an encouraging sign given that he’s been known to get off to slow starts. Injuries always come at unfortunate times, and this is an especially inopportune time for injury for both Kemp and the Braves — especially their bench.
UPDATE — Here’s some quote from Kemp himself (via Kevin McAlpin):
Kemp "everything is fine, we just need to be safe. I've had hamstring problems before & I know sometimes when you think it's gone, it's not"— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) April 11, 2017