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Matt Kemp won’t rejoin the Dodgers before September

Aug 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is no longer holding out any hope of Matt Kemp returning from the disabled list this month, telling Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that “September would be the best-case scenario.”

Kemp has essentially been sidelined since early July, first by a shoulder injury and then by an ankle injury. He played one game between disabled list stints, the latest of which dates back to July 22.

And because the minor-league season will be over soon Kemp won’t be able to go on an actual rehab assignment whenever he’s deemed healthy enough for game action, although the Dodgers can always set up some simulated games.

  1. lanflfan - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Kemp needs to sit and heal. As with most players it’s obvious he does not want to sit around, but injuries take time to heal and rushing back from injury usually leads to ye another injury. If he has to sit the remainder of the season and post season, so be it. A healthy Matt Kemp, if it that is not until 2014, is better than the half-strength version that is an injury waiting to happen.

  2. byesac - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    This makes me a sad panda.

  3. stevequinn - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    It;s not like they really need him at the moment. The Dodgers have won like 43 games and lost 9 since the All-Star break. Kemp will be ready for the playoffs. It’s amazing. Mattingly goes from “about to be fired” to manager of the year.

  4. rasta028 - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:53 AM

    The real question is do the Dodgers need an off injured outfielder at all? he always seems to be hurt and they look fine without him, they should consider trading him for a solid pitcher.

    • Jeff M. - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:04 AM

      His trade value is pretty low while he’s hurt. Also, Crawford, Puig, and Ethier are going to hurt themselves at some point, so having 4 outstanding outfielders is a luxury LA can afford.

      Besides, are you kidding me? They’re never trading Kemp! When healthy, he’s among the best in the game. Unfortunately, he’s been hurt a lot this year.

      • rasta028 - Aug 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        I hope he can get healthy, no need to rush him back with way the other guys are playing, he needs to get 100% healthy..

        Go Rogers!

      • rasta028 - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        He’s great when he’s healthy, I just hope he can be healthy in the postseason.

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