Dodgers: Ready for October!

By Fred Zermeno, Exclusive to EGP

Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez (pictured) last Friday score on a double by catcher A.J. Ellis. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez (pictured) last Friday score on a double by catcher A.J. Ellis. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue their World Series quest today in Atlanta where they will take on the Braves for game one of the National League Division Series playoffs.

The team roster will look different going into round one of the playoffs, as the Dodgers — plagued by injuries since day one of the 2013 season — shuffle players around to with deal with injuries to key players like center fielder Matt Kemp who will be forced to sit out postseason play due to an ankle injury.

An MRI administered Sunday showed Kemp has significant swelling and weakening in a bone in his left ankle. Fearing further damage, Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttrache said the team decided Kemp—who wanted to continue playing—should sit out the rest of the season.

As of press time Wednesday, injured outfielder Andre Ethier was still questionable for the playoffs, with a game day decision expected today. Ethier has been practicing with the team but has avoided running bases in hopes of giving shin splits on his left leg time to mend.

Games one and two of the series against the Braves will be played today and Friday at Turner Field in Atlanta. Games three and four will be played Sunday and Monday at Chavez Ravine, with the deciding game 5 back in Atlanta if necessary.

 

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October 3, 2013  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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