Matt Kemp probably won't be winning MVP now

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Matt Kemp probably won't be winning MVP now

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers placed center fielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday for the second time this month because of a left hamstring strain. And this time, the training staff is going to make sure there are no recurrences when he returns to the lineup. Kemp went 1 for 4 with a double in two games since being reinstated from the disabled list on Tuesday. He left Wednesday night's game against Milwaukee after scoring all the way from first base on a first-inning double by Andre Ethier. "He has a little bit of swelling in the same area, as well as a new strain in a higher part of that hamstring," said Sue Falsone, who is in her first year as the club's head athletic trainer after spending the previous five seasons as the team's physical therapist. "They're both Grade-1s, which means that there's not a lot of muscle fiber tear. It's the lowest grade of a muscle strain, so that's good news. But having multiple strains in one muscle, obviously it's going to be a little bit longer from a rehab standpoint. So we're just going to take it day-by-day." Falsone said the best-case scenario for Kemp is four weeks before he can play again. He spent two weeks on the disabled list the first time the hamstring bothered him and when he got back to the dugout after his latest mishap, he broke a bat over his knee in frustration. "It's nobody's fault," Kemp said after Wednesday's game. "I was happy to be back. It felt great, and I thought I was 100 percent. But now I'm going to be sitting out a while. It feels worse than the first time. This is my first time ever really having any hamstring problems, so I don't know how to really treat it. I know they're very tricky and they can always come back. So I definitely have to take it slow and make sure it's healed." Kemp was leading the league with 12 home runs when he aggravated the hamstring running out a grounder May 13 against Colorado -- ending his consecutive games streak at 399. He played in two rehab games with Triple-A Albuquerque over the weekend, going 5 for 7 with two homers and five RBIs. "We have benchmarks and milestones in place, and he achieved all of them or he wouldn't have been out there playing," Falsone said. "But I don't think you can say that the first strain caused the second strain. So we'll put him through all the same rigors that we did before -- all the baserunning, all the deceleration stuff -- but we're just going to take longer to do it." Los Angeles entered Thursday with a major league-best 32-18 record and a 5-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West despite their first three-game losing streak. And with Kemp's bat missing from the third spot in the order, the Dodgers will be hard-pressed to fill the void on a long-term basis. "It's frustrating for everybody," Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said. "We all feel bad for Matt. I know nobody feels worse than he does. He wants to play -- bad. It's never easy for the team to deal with when your superstar's out. But at the same time, the games keep coming. So you've got to keep playing and keep grinding." "This is our first tough stretch of the year, but we'll come out of it and we'll be better for it," said. "We don't know how long Matt's going to be out, but we've got to play like we did the first time he was out, and the guys who stepped up have got to keep doing that." Kemp, who finished runner-up to Milwaukee's Ryan Braun in last year's NL MVP voting, is batting .355 with 28 RBIs in 36 games. Last season, he hit .324 with 39 homers and 126 RBIs -- falling one homer shy of becoming only the fifth player in big league history with at least 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. "We thought Matt was ready to roll," manager Don Mattingly said. "We wouldn't have thrown him out there if we didn't think he was a hundred percent -- or if he didn't think he was a hundred percent. This should be a challenging time for us. It's the time you find out what kind of club you are and what kind of character you have. We were pretty resilient for a couple of weeks when Matt was out (9-5), and guys stepped up and did their thing. And we're going to have to do it again." The Dodgers promoted second baseman-outfielder Alex Castellanos from Triple-A Albuquerque. Castellanos, who will be making his major league debut, was hitting .379 with 10 doubles, four triples, five homers and 14 RBI in 22 games with Albuquerque.

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The Redskins said what we've all been thinking about the Color Rush uniforms

The Redskins said what we've all been thinking about the Color Rush uniforms

Garish was the term the Redskins used when describing why they want out of the Thursday night Color Rush game. Garish is a term that means obtrusively bright and showy, and they may have a valid point. 

The NFL is allowing teams to suggest rule changes for the upcoming 2017 season. A full list of proposals was released on Thursday and this was among three of the Redskins suggestions.  It may come as a surprise as the Redskins only Thursday night game last season was on Thanksgiving, meaning they did not have to participate in the Color Rush game. Fans of the Redskins and other teams may not blame them for this proposal. Take a look at the uniform below. 

As far as the other proposals submitted, they want the touchback spot to be moved back to the 20-yard line when the kickoff goes through the uprights stating player safety.

They proposed having unlimted replays as long as the team continues to win their challenges, a rule they have submitted in years past.

And finally, they asked that if a player is concussed and has not been cleared by doctors, to be placed on the teams exempt list allowing them to replace him with another player until cleared. 

These proposals will be introduced next week in Arizona at the NFL owners meeting. 

RELATED: THIS REDSKINS RULE PROPOSAL WOULD MAKE KICKOFFS MORE ENTERTAINING 

What do you think about the Redskins proposed rule changes? Comment below. 

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Redskins agree to terms with former Rams wide receiver Brian Quick

Redskins agree to terms with former Rams wide receiver Brian Quick

The Redskins agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Brian Quick. 

Quick has spent his entire five-year NFL career with the Rams franchise, moving with the team from St. Louis to Los Angeles last season. A second-round pick in 2012 out of Appalachian State, Quick's best season came last year when he caught 41 passes for 564 yards and three touchdowns. 

In five seasons, Quick has started 24 games and racked up nearly 1,500 receiving yards on 105 catches and 14 TDs.

The Redskins lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon earlier this offseason to free agency, and those departures leave a big hole in the Washington offense. Jackson and Garçon accounted for more than 40 percent of Kirk Cousins' passing yards in 2016.

Quick's arrival will not offset those losses, but he does continue a trend for Washington this offseason: big receivers. The 'Skins signed Terrelle Pryor earlier in free agency. Pryor goes 6-foot-6. Quick is listed at 6-foot-4. Remember, Josh Doctson should be healthy this fall, and he runs 6-foot-2. 

Of the departed wideouts, Garçon was taller, still just 6-foot. Jackson was generously listed at 5-foot-10.

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