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Kemp to undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery

Dodgers outfielder expected to need six to eight weeks to recover following operation

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was to have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday.

Kemp will have arthritic bone from his acromioclavicular joint (where the collarbone meets the shoulder) shaved by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who expects a six- to eight-week recovery.

The shoulder, which was operated on a year ago to repair a torn labrum, should be healed in time for Spring Training.

A bigger concern for Kemp now is the microfractured talus bone near his ankle that knocked him out of the postseason and put him on crutches for another three weeks.

Kemp said he was warned by doctors that further damage to the involved bone could be career threatening. Major surgery on the ankle is not anticipated, doctors said, but a minor cleanup procedure is possible.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for

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