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Once one of the game’s best players and a three-time All-Star, outfielder Matt Kemp’s career now seems on the brink of being over after being released for the second time this season.

Less than two months after they signed Kemp to a minor-league contract, the New York Mets released Kemp on Friday evening.

Kemp appeared in just eight games this season with Triple-A Syracuse and struggled at the plate. He posted a .235/.278/.324 slash line and recorded nearly as many hits (eight) as strikeouts (seven).

After landing on the 10-day injured list with a fractured rib with the Cincinnati Reds in April, Kemp experienced lingering effects from the injury in June and hasn’t played with Syracuse since June 8.

The 34-year-old will likely need additional time to rest and rehabilitate the injury before he’d be ready to return to an everyday role for a pro team. At this point, it could also just be the end of his baseball career.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection