Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp still is optimistic about playing in the All-Star game next month in Kansas City — as long as he's sure he will be healthy for the stretch run with NL West-leading Los Angeles.
Whether Manager Don Mattingly and the medical staff give him the go-ahead is another question altogether. Kemp said he and Mattingly have discussed the All-Star game and will do so again.
"Of course I want to play but I've got to do what's best for the team," Kemp said. "If I'm not ready, I can't play, but as of right now I plan on playing. We've discussed some stuff. When that point comes, we'll get to it and figure out what we're going to do."
Kemp has been on the disabled list for a second time this season since May 31 with the same strained left hamstring that first sidelined him from May 14-29. He is the All-Star votes leader with 3,322,009 in baseball's latest count.
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Peralta suspended 8 games
Rays reliever Joel Peralta was suspended eight games for having pine tar on his glove. Major League Baseball issued the penalty Thursday. Peralta has appealed, and can continue to play until the appeal process is complete. The Rays played Washington on Thursday night. Peralta was ejected from Tuesday night's game in Washington after umpires found pine tar on his mitt. The incident led to a verbal spat between managers Joe Maddon of the Rays and Davey Johnson of the Nationals.
Reds prospect on Futures roster
Speedy shortstop Billy Hamilton, one of the Reds' top minor-leaguers, was selected to play in next month's Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Other star prospects on the U.S. roster for the July 8 game in Kansas City are right-handers Dylan Bundy (Orioles) and Gerrit Cole (Pirates). Hamilton has 80 steals in 66 games at High-A Bakersfield. The teams, revealed Thursday, include 17 first-round draft picks. The Dominican Republic leads the world roster with eight players.
■ The Braves said Brandon Beachy had successful Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Thursday. He faces a recovery period of at least one year. The 25-year-old Beachy was 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA, tied for lowest in the major leagues, in 13 starts.
■ Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had surgery on his left groin on Thursday to remove scar tissue and will miss at least six weeks. Tulowitzki, who has been sidelined since May 30, was hitting .287 with eight homers and 27 RBI in 47 games this season. The Rockies have lost 12 of 13 games without their All-Star.
■ The Athletics called up catching prospect Derek Norris to split time behind the plate with regular Kurt Suzuki. Norris, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento, came to the A's in the trade that sent All-Star lefty Gio Gonzalez to the Nationals.
■ A's center fielder Coco Crisp's franchise record streak of 36 successful steals ended when he was thrown out at second in the first inning Thursday against the Dodgers.