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Kemp starting rehab after left shoulder surgery

Kemp starting rehab after left shoulder surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) Matt Kemp's hopes for a simple surgery on his left shoulder were dashed when the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger awoke to learn things were worse than doctors had first thought.

Kemp was in Arizona on Wednesday to begin rehabbing from the Oct. 5 surgery that repaired a torn labrum and damage to the rotator cuff, injuries resulting from a crash into the center field wall at Coors Field on Aug. 27.

``I was definitely surprised and definitely disappointed,'' he told reporters by phone in his first public comments since the surgery. ``I wish it would have just been a simple cleanup. It's going to take close to January before I can hit and do a lot of other things.''

Doctors have said Kemp should be ready by spring training. He has been biking and walking on a treadmill since the surgery, and will now step up his rehab program.

Kemp missed 51 games earlier in the season with a strained left hamstring, and then chose to play through the shoulder pain to finish the season.

``I already asked the doctors if I could damage it any more than it was damaged and they said no, so I kept playing,'' he said. ``When they went in there, they were surprised I was still playing because it was worse than what they had thought.''

Kemp clearly wasn't the same player after hitting the wall. He was batting .337 before, when the Dodgers trailed San Francisco by two games in the NL West. Afterward, he hit .214 while the team ended the season nine games behind the Giants.

``As long as I do my rehab right, I'll be able to be back to where I want to be,'' he said.

Kemp described the surgery as ``pretty scary,'' the most serious procedure he's had in his major league career. The 28-year-old right-handed hitter had hand surgery while in the minors.

``Any surgery can be scary when you have somebody cut on you,'' he said. ``I got through it OK.''

Beforehand, Kemp spoke to teammates Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez, who both underwent similar procedures.

``Adrian said I'll be good and feel better once the rehab is over and I'll get my strength back,'' Kemp said.

Kemp isn't the only Dodgers outfielder coming off surgery. Left fielder Carl Crawford, acquired from Boston in a nine-player trade on Aug. 25, has had Tommy John and wrist surgeries, and he didn't suit up after the trade.

Last season, Kemp said his goal was 50 home runs and 50 stolen bases. He finished with 23 and nine, and has reassessed his plans for next season.

``Be healthy. That's the main goal,'' he said. ``If I'm healthy, then good things should happen.''

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!

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