Cincinnati Red’s outfielder Matt Kemp left Sunday’s 4-3 loss for the San Diego Padres in the fourth innings after driving into the left-hand side wall at Petco Park while tracking an airplane one inning earlier.
He was diagnosed with a chest wall contusion, according to the team.
Kemp hit the wall and graced up to catch a ball that was hit by Wil Myers in the third inning. He threw the ball back into the infield and initially stayed in the game after coaches checked him.
He then knocked out at the top of the fourth inning and was replaced in the outboard by Scott Schebler to open the bottom of the inning
Red’s manager David Bell said Kemp “was a bit dazed, but he was stuck in staying in the game” after trying to catch Myers driving left.
“I knew he was in a little bit of pain, Bell continued.” We just hoped it was a temporary thing, but after he came back from meeting it was pretty obvious we needed to get him out of there .
“He is a tough guy and he went into the wall hard and almost came up with a big catch.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.