Hamstring issue reappears for Kemp

Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers wears a towel on his head as he watches from the dugout during...

Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers wears a towel on his head as he watches from the dugout during a rain shower in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves on April 25, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp was removed from Sunday’s game after the third inning because of hamstring trouble and is scheduled for an MRI Monday.

It is the same injury Kemp suffered on May 6 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, and Kemp will undergo a precautionary test to make sure the injury is merely a strain and not a more serious tear.

“I think I just need to let it heal for a little bit. I don’t know how much time that’s going to take, but we’ll see,” Kemp said. “I’m definitely not going on the DL. That’s not happening. This team needs me.”

Kemp has played in 399 consecutive games, but the hamstring continues to give him problems. After setting the Dodgers franchise record for home runs in April, Kemp is yet to hit one in May.

Kemp is hitting .359 with 12 homers and 28 RBIs.


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