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Matt Kemp nearing Cactus League debut

Mar 9, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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Matt Kemp has begun running at full speed and participating in daily outfield drills in Dodgers camp, and he could soon be cleared to become a regular in the club’s Cactus League starting lineups.

“We’re seeing him take fly balls, getting jumps,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told’s Ken Gurnick on Saturday. “He’s swinging the bat good. It won’t be long before he’s in a game.”

Kemp is on his way back from October surgery for his left ankle and left shoulder. He appeared in just 73 games during the 2013 regular season.

The 29-year-old center fielder can be ruled out for the Dodgers’ season-opening two-game set (March 22-23) against the Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, but the hope is that he will be nearly 100 percent when the Dodgers begin a series against the Padres back in the United States on March 30.

  1. slickdemetrius - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    My friends and I (all Dodger fans) have this thing going, sort of like the classic drinking game whereas each time Kemp is assigned to the DL, we donate money to a local children’s charity. They are now planning to build their own Disneyland in Altadena…
    Anyway, wishing Mr.Kemp a full, productive and injury-free season. He does a lot of work in the community and it’s appreciated.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      So for 4 years (2008-2011) you guys donated nothing.

      Got it.

  2. moogro - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Another building lost power during photo day.

  3. bostonboresme - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Scrub. He’s always in one.

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