MLB Notebook: Dodgers still hurting

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. (REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso)

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. (REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso)

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, Last Updated: 10:21 PM ET

The injury woes for the Los Angeles Dodgers don't appear to be letting up.

Outfielder Matt Kemp, out with a right hamstring issue, probably won't be back as soon as expected after having a setback Sunday and now news comes that shortstop Hanley Ramirez is hurting again -- he's missed four games since returning from the disabled list Tuesday. He was scheduled to have an MRI Sunday on a bad hamstring.

"He's having continued problems," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We'll find out if this is something that ends up being more long term. It hasn't gone away. If it doesn't go away, it's something more than game soreness."

The Dodgers were hoping to activate Kemp on Friday but that seems unlikely now.

"We've hit a little bit of a snag, because he felt just a little something today still," Mattingly said. "He's still not there yet. We're not where we need to be with him. We do know that he's not 100%."

Outfielder Andre Ethier also missed Sunday's game with a sore right foot.

D-BACKS DRAFT PARALYZED PLAYER

The Arizona Diamondbacks caused a stir when they selected a paralyzed player in the 34th round of this year's MLB draft.

Yes, the Diamondbacks picked former Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn on purpose. It wasn't a case of bad scouting gone incredibly wrong. And they waited until the 34th round specifically to do it.

Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall announced the pick Saturday -- that in itself was different -- in an effort to buoy the spirits of Hahn and start a process that would see the Californian work for the organization.

"I was able to spend time with them right after the injury in his hospital room and he's a wonderful kid," Hall said. "We want to make this permanent. We don't want this to just be about the selection and him being a draft pick, but about him working in full-time employment with the Diamondbacks and hopefully we'll make that come to fruition for he and his family here soon."

Hahn, Mr. Baseball in California as a high school senior, was paralyzed during an Arizona State game -- just the third of his NCAA career -- when he broke his neck sliding into second on a steal attempt, ending his dreams of a becoming a big-leaguer. Since then, he has served as a student-coach and continued his studies at Arizona State.

MCCARTHY ON MEND

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Brandon McCarthy is recovering from a seizure, just days after being put on the disabled list due to shoulder inflammation.

McCarthy suffered the seizure while having dinner with his wife Amanda at a restaurant north of Phoenix Monday.

"I remember someone restraining me and telling me I had a seizure," McCarthy told USA Today. "I don't really remember much past that until I was at the hospital. If anybody reads it or hears about it, thank you to them for helping and making it go as smooth as possible."

The seizure is said to be linked to the injury he suffered last season while pitching for the Oakland A's, when he was struck in the head by a line drive from Angels' shortstop Erick Aybar. He sustained a brain contusion and skull fracture, and emergency surgery was needed to relieve the pressure on his brain from intracranial bleeding.

McCarthy underwent a CT scan at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale last week, and has since been put on anti-seizure medication.

ANKIEL DESIGNATED

The New York Mets designated Rick Ankiel for assignment Sunday after he went 0-4 with three strikeouts in the 2-1 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Ankiel, who made his debut with the Mets on May 2, recorded only two hits in his last 35 at-bats. He has struck out 60 times this season.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was called up from triple-A Las Vegas to replace the outfielder. Nieuwenhuis hit 10 home runs and batted .252 in 91 games with the Mets last season. He was on the opening day roster but was demoted on April 23.

BRIEFLY

Texas Rangers pitcher Alexi Ogando is back on the disabled list, this time due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Ogando was activated off the DL Wednesday after missing three weeks with biceps tendinitis ... New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda, who hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011, looked good in the first outing of his minor-league rehab stint Sunday. He allowed just one unearned run pitching 4 2/3 innings for single-A Tampa against Lakeland ... The Philadelphia Phillies put catcher Erik Kratz on the DL with a left knee injury and called up Steven Lerud from triple-A Lehigh Valley to take his spot. Kratz was hurt Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers ... Closer Jim Henderson was activated off the DL by the Milwaukee Brewers in time for their game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Brewers also sent down Tyler Thornburg.

 


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