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Matt Kemp could begin rehab assignment this week

Aug 25, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

Kemp lunges while being forced out at home by Suzuki during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Washington Reuters

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp says his ankle is pain-free, meaning he could begin a rehab assignment this week, tweets Dylan Hernandez. It is the next step towards rejoining the Dodger lineup. Kemp injured his ankle sliding into home plate in the ninth inning against the Nationals on July 21. It was his first game after being activated from the 15-day-disabled list due to a shoulder injury.

While the Dodgers have flourished without Kemp, they would still welcome him back with open arms as center field is not the ideal position for Andre Ethier. However, Kemp’s return would create a logjam in the outfield with Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Ethier, and Kemp.

Manager Don Mattingly says he doesn’t plan to use Kemp on an everyday basis when he returns. Via Hernandez:

“I’ll get him back in the mix, get him comfortable,” Mattingly said. “I’ll do what I did with Carl [Crawford] when he was coming back from his hamstring. He gets a couple days in there, he gets a day off. I’ll be careful with him.”

  1. shoehole - Aug 25, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Is it just me, but Peavy went to his mouth before every pitch he threw tonight. His tongue was coated with some white stuff and he had this large cud in his mouth. I believe the umps need to take a close look at this before his next outing. Reminds me of Gaylord Perry.

  2. wilkisoft - Aug 26, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Bitter much?

  3. couldntthinkofaname - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Peavy pitched a great game. As a Dodger fan, I hated it, but admired the performance. Congrats to the Sox for being the better team this weekend.

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