5/30/2013 2:22 A.M. ET
Kemp exits, due for MRI on strained hamstring
By Austin Laymance / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp sustained a mild right hamstring strain in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Angels.
Kemp is considered day to day with the injury and will undergo an MRI exam on Thursday.
Last season, Kemp strained his left hamstring and missed more than two months during two stints on the disabled list. But he said this injury does not feel as severe.
"It's not as bad as last year," said Kemp, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before the injury. "But when you feel it grab and it feels like that, you've got to take it easy and make sure you're careful with it because it can get worse."
Kemp said the injury occurred when he pursued a double in the right-field gap by Angels outfielder Mike Trout. Kemp signaled to assistant athletic trainer Nancy Patterson, and after a brief conversation in the outfield at Angel Stadium he was removed from the game, though he admitted he likely would have stayed in the game as a younger player.
"I'd rather maybe miss a couple days or whatever and not miss a month like I did last year," he said.
Kemp said he does not know how long he could be sidelined, and manager Don Mattingly did not offer a timetable either.
"I shouldn't say it, but anytime you hear the dreaded hamstring word, usually it lasts a little bit," Mattingly said. "Hopefully Matt caught himself before he got it good, so we'll see."
It's been a difficult season already for Kemp, hitting .251 with two homers and 17 RBIs. He had offseason surgery on his left shoulder and experienced numbness in his right arm on Tuesday after he was hit by a pitch on his right elbow.
"It's frustrating, but injuries are a part of the game," Kemp said. "I've just got to keep working, get better and get back to it."
Skip Schumaker replaced Kemp in center field, and Mattingly said the veteran would be a short-term option if Kemp were sidelined for an extended period.
"Obviously we're going to have to have a guy that plays center," Mattingly said of any potential replacements from the Minor Leagues. "But we haven't got there."
Ryu set for next start after taking liner off foot
ANAHEIM -- The Dodgers expect left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu to make his scheduled start on Sunday after taking a line drive off the top of his left foot during his shutout of the Angels on Tuesday.
X-rays on Ryu's left foot were negative. He had his foot in a bucket of ice Wednesday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Angel Stadium.
"Obviously he's a little bit sore," manager Don Mattingly said before Wednesday's game against the Angels. "I think he's going to be fine. We expect him to be ready by his next start [on Sunday in Colorado]."
Ryu made a kick save on a comebacker by Mark Trumbo to end the third inning of Tuesday's 3-0 win, the rookie's first shutout in 11 Major League starts. Mattingly said the ball struck Ryu on top of his foot, near the toes.
Ryu is 6-2 with 2.89 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings.
• Dodgers right-hander Stephen Fife, on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis, began a rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday and pitched four innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Fife is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday.
"If he comes out of that OK, then that's when we'll make the decision on where we got with that," manager Don Mattingly said.
• Dodger Stadium will host two soccer matches as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup on Aug. 3, when the Dodgers are on the road to play the Cubs.
The doubleheader will feature English Premier League club Everton, Italian Serie A champion Juventus, Real Madrid of Spain and defending MLS champion L.A. Galaxy.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.