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Kemp day to day after exiting with tight hammy

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WASHINGTON -- Braves left fielder Matt Kemp exited Wednesday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the third inning, following a play in which he was thrown out at third base in the top of the frame.

Kemp, who started the play at first base after hitting a single, took off after Nats catcher Jose Lobaton's errant throw to right field. The veteran outfielder then rounded second before sliding feet-first into third, where he was tagged out by Anthony Rendon. He was replaced by reserve outfielder Danny Santana in the bottom of the third inning.

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WASHINGTON -- Braves left fielder Matt Kemp exited Wednesday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the third inning, following a play in which he was thrown out at third base in the top of the frame.

Kemp, who started the play at first base after hitting a single, took off after Nats catcher Jose Lobaton's errant throw to right field. The veteran outfielder then rounded second before sliding feet-first into third, where he was tagged out by Anthony Rendon. He was replaced by reserve outfielder Danny Santana in the bottom of the third inning.

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Kemp said afterward he felt tightness in his left hamstring, but didn't think it was serious as his previous injury, which was to his right hamstring. 

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"Just being cautious," he said. "Don't want to go down this same path again."

"It's a day-to-day type of thing," added Braves manager Brian Snitker. "We'll check him out Friday when he gets in there. He tested out good [after he exited]. It's just tight, nothing [popped] or anything like that like the last time. "

In his first full season with Atlanta, the 32-year-old is enjoying a career renaissance. He entered Wednesday's game slashing .326/.363/.558 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington.

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