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Matt Kemp cleared for more baseball activities

Mar 1, 2014, 12:37 PM EST

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Matt Kemp will almost certainly miss the start of the regular season as he works his way back from left ankle surgery, but he’s making some tangible progress.

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Kemp will be allowed to do more baseball drills after an MRI yesterday came back favorable. It’s possible that he’ll start doing some running, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that he’s at “Step Five” of a seven-step rehab and that there’s still no clear timetable for his return.

The Dodgers have the luxury of quality depth in their outfield, so there’s no need for Kemp to rush things for Opening Day. As of now, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier, and Carl Crawford project to begin the year as regulars.

UPDATE: More good news from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, who reports that Kemp tested his ankle by running today.

  1. El Pollo Loco - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    breaking news:Matt Kemp hurts shoulder cashing check.Out 8-10 weeks

  2. steveohho - Mar 1, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Baseball activities: making coffee for the coaching staff, picking up balls on the ground after batting practice, playing catch and running through the sprinklers.

  3. mmeyer3387 - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Kemp has had a terrible track record health wise for the past few years. You guys may be a little to critical of him or you may be right. This being said, there are a few things that we know about Kemp from taking his whole career into account. First, we know that he does have a lot of talent and upside to the point to where many may view him as one of the top offensive ball players in the game. Second, he works hard and has a positive attitude, no one has ever accused him of being lazy. Third, he has been injury prone the last two seasons. These points all lead to the big question, is he a guy that has had a lot of bad luck and turn it around this season, or he’s a guy that was a star that burned hot and bright, but burned out quickly before his time. Clearly, this season will be very important for him. Mr Kemp needs to jump start his career and turn in a healthy season with good numbers.If he has another season with health trouble, the game may tire of waiting for him to become what he once was.There are only so many chances.

    • westpac1953 - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      He was lazy on the injury to his ankle by not running full speed to home plate if he did run at full speed there wouldn’t of been a play at the plate, and he wouldn’t of had to slide

  4. isaiah007 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Most forget that before his fluky injures the last few years, Matt Kemp was the leader in all of baseball for most consecutive games played. Dude ran into a wall full speed and then that crazy ankle injury in DC, I think once he gets back he’ll be fine

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