On Sunday afternoon, Cincinnati Reds’ left fielder Matt Kemp had to leave the game after hitting the wall while attempting to make a catch. He was initially diagnosed with a “chest wall contusion” and was listed as day-to-day. But as the Reds returned home from their trip out west, they were able to release more information on the extent of his injury. He was officially diagnosed with a broken rib and was placed on the 10-day injured list today.
Kemp hasn’t exactly got off to a strong start in 2019, hitting .200/.210/.283 over the first 20 games of the season. The Reds are unsure how long Kemp will be out, but manager David Bell said earlier today that he is hearing that it could be a few weeks. He will be replaced on the roster by outfielder Phillip Ervin. Ervin hasn’t exactly started strong in Triple-A Louisville, either, hitting .224/.291/.283 for the Bats. He is, however, a career .255/.324/.421 batter with 10 home runs and 41 RBI. This season, he is 1 for 2 with a triple for the Reds.