LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers won’t have center fielder Matt Kemp for the postseason because of swelling in a bone in his left ankle.
Los Angeles said that Kemp’s season is over. He left the clubhouse on crutches after the Dodgers lost to Colorado 2-1 in Sunday’s regular-season finale.
Dr. Neal ElAttrache says an MRI taken during the game showed microscopic evidence of swelling in one of the major weight-bearing bones in Kemp’s sprained ankle.
The team’s postgame announcement came as a surprise because a few days ago Kemp had said he felt good.
Rodriguez’s grievance hearing to start today: In a hearing room before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, lawyers for Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees third baseman, will argue why the 211-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball on Aug. 5 should be overturned.
“Obviously this is going to be a grueling process all the way through,” Rodriguez said. “This has been a burden. It’s been a big burden. So let’s get it on.”
A three-time AL MVP, Rodriguez is fourth on the career home run list with 654. The MLB Players Association says the penalty imposed by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is excessive. Unless there is a settlement, a decision isn’t expected until the winter.
A veteran of baseball salary arbitration, the 64-year-old Horowitz took over as the sport’s grievance arbitrator in June 2012 from Shyam Das, fired a month earlier by management after almost 13 years.
Won’t take long for Girardi to decide future: New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says it won’t take him long to decide his future.
Wrapping up his sixth season with the Yankees at the end of a three-year deal, Girardi said Sunday he wants to discuss his future with his wife and three school-aged children. Speaking before Sunday’s season finale in Houston. He said “it’s not my personality to drag things out.”
Girardi replaced Joe Torre after the 2007 season and says he hadn’t thought about whether he would be managing his last game for the Yankees. He says he would be up for the challenge of getting to the Yankees back to the playoffs.
Short hops: Major league home run leader Chris Davis left the Orioles’ regular season finale in the fourth inning with a sprained left wrist. ... Right-hander Mat Latos has a bone chip in his elbow and will be unavailable for the Reds’ wild card playoff game Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The Reds are hopeful that with a couple of days of treatment, Latos’ elbow could improve enough that he’ll be available for the division series, should they advance.