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Matt Kemp is out of his walking boot

Dec 25, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said earlier this month that Matt Kemp is unlikely to be 100 percent healthy at the start of spring training, but the rehabbing outfielder should be cleared to participate in the club’s season-opening series against the Diamondbacks in Australia. That two-game set, scheduled for late March, will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which holds 46,000 fans.

Kemp had been in a protective walking boot since undergoing ankle surgery in October but Colletti told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he shed the boot 10 days ago and is working slowly but surely toward restarting baseball activities. Kemp also had surgery on his left shoulder in October.

The Dodgers shopped Kemp this offseason but probably didn’t like any of the offers sent their way. Kemp is not only recovering from two major surgeries but also batted just .270/.328/.395 in 73 games in 2013.

If his health cooperates, Kemp will serve as Los Angeles’ primary center fielder in 2014.

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Dec 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    “Dodgers shopped Kemp” or “Whacky Boston-based blogger really, really wanted Kemp on the Red Sox”?

    I’m going with the latter.

  2. Ayana Rashed - Dec 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

  3. giantdownunder - Dec 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Kemp is a great talent and will be back. I’m one of the few who will have watched the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Dodger Stadium, and the Sydney Cricket Grounds.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 26, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Summer down under.

  4. mick2014 - Dec 25, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Kemp has been a complete loser slacker low life since the Dodgers gave him $150 million. This is the consequence of guaranteeing money, players have zero reason to even play.

    • stercuilus65 - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Then why did he attempting comebacks while he was still hurting? Doesn’t make sense if he was some slacker loser you hating dumbass.

  5. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    I’m sure he would rather have multiple surgeries and watch his team play in the playoffs from the bench because he was already paid. What an idiot

  6. nsauser - Dec 25, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Out of the walking boot and walking into the club. Highly talented player with zero desire.

  7. jimclatterbaugh - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I don’t think Kemp is a slacker and I don’t think he is fragile. He is a great physical talent with limited mental capabilities. Remember when the coaches had to yell at him for running the bases without looking where the ball is? Now he runs into a brick wall and gets a slight injury, the following day he runs into it harder and damages his shoulder. He is just not very bright but he is a great player!

    • jimclatterbaugh - Dec 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      It would only top it off if Kemp really is dating that Khloe Kardashian.

  8. MyTeamsAllStink - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    if they can stay healthy and play smart Kemp and Puig will be dynamic in the outfield and at the plate.

  9. kkkershaw22 - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    I like how when they talk about kemp they say he can’t put up the numbers anymore and can’t stay healthy and need to trade him but if they trade h to the Yankees or Red Sox wow they would be a scary team and an unstoppable offense

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