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Matt Kemp’s sprained left ankle is still an issue

Sep 29, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

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Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has batted .314 with an .870 OPS in 39 plate appearances since returning from his severe left ankle sprain on September 16. But that ankle injury still lingers.

Kemp was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Saturday night against the Rockies with what is being termed an ankle flareup and manager Don Mattingly acknowledged in his postgame chat that the 29-year-old is nowhere near 100 percent. “I don’t think he’s running full speed,” Mattingly said. “We’re not going to get the 40-[steals] type guy. That’s just not there, I don’t think, at this point from what we’ve been through with the ankle and the hammy and all that. We’re not going to be that. But we’re still pretty good. He shows he can do a lot of things.”

“It’s just irritated. Nothing crazy,” Kemp told’s Ken Gurnick. “I played the last six games and it got a little sore. … I couldn’t get loose and decided not to play today. Sprained ankles are tricky sometimes.”

Andre Ethier (ankle, shin) and Yasiel Puig (leg) are also hobbled heading into Sunday’s Game 162. But the good news for the National League West-champion Dodgers is that the NLDS won’t begin until Thursday.

  1. fearthehoody - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Talk about soft!

    • Anoesis - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Nobody mentioned your wiener. Keep that crap to yourself, Anthony.

  2. liljoemar - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Rest them all on Sunday, still a lot of baseball to be played. Let’s go Dodgers!!!

  3. Anoesis - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    The Bums have faded a bit of late. I’m hoping they’re recharged by next week and that the pool party in the D-bags hood wasn’t their only celebration of the season.

    • kingscourt25 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      I’d rather have a healthy team than play well for two meaningless weeks in September

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