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Matt Kemp could return from the disabled list as early as April 4

Mar 28, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

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Scott Miller reports that Matt Kemp says he is 100 percent and ready to be activated from the disabled list as soon as possible. As he was retroactively DL’ed, April 4 is the first day he is eligible to return and appears to be the target.

Kemp has been recovering from ankle surgery in October. During the off-season, Kemp said about being a part-time outfielder, “I won’t accept that role. I can’t accept that role.” As the Dodgers will have four outfielders — including Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and Yasiel Puig — manager Don Mattingly will have a bit of a playing time issue on his hands.

  1. kkkershaw22 - Mar 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    I know it’s easy to joke about someone when they are injured and can’t show what they can do on the field but this year he will remind everyone who matt kemp is, before the injuries nobody was on his level not even Cabrera

    • paperlions - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      Looking at his career, 2011 looks like the outlier in terms of being healthy and productive, he’s never had any other season close to that level. It seems more likely that he’d be the Matt Kemp of 2007-2010 than career year Matt Kemp.

  2. moogro - Mar 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    His statement makes things awkward for his team.

    • jasonungar - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:14 AM

      I heard this statement and when you put the whole statement out there it makes total sense.

      “I won’t accept that role. I can’t accept that role.”

      sounds like a jerk.

      He went on to say how he knows ethier and other guys can’t accept that role either and shouldn’t and how he does not put himself above anyone, just that he feels at this point in his career he has proven when healthy he is an everyday player and takes pride in being there daily for his team etc..

  3. genericcommenter - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Well, none of those other guys has been as productive as Kemp was just a couple years ago. Ethier’s max potential is “good starter”- which he has been his whole career- decent to good. Puig outperformed Ethier’s carrer in 2/3 of a season. Crawford hasn’t been a reliable starting player in 4 years. He was All-Star level with a career contract year. Hasn’t stayed on the field or consistently productive since. A healthy Kemp isn’t the most obvious odd man out here.

  4. Professor Fate - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Ethier can play all three OF spots. Crawford and Kemp have had injury issues and Puig needs to fast-track his maturity. There’ll be plenty of playing time for all four, but a healthy Kemp should be out there every day. That leaves two spots for three players. If Crawford and Ethier stay healthy, too, Puig might find himself in AAA for further “seasoning.”

  5. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    This is welcome news. With Matt Kemp, providing he plays like he has played, The Dodgers will be dominant. Great pitching, great fielding, great hitting. Mattingly better find a spot for him.

  6. Devin Rambo - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Mattingly should make EthIer the fourth outfielder. With the need to protect Kemp by giving him regular rest and Crawford’s injury issues, it’s conceivable that he could still get 80-100 starts in the outfield even in this role. He can play all three positions, so it makes sense from a defensive perspective, even if it does seem a bit unfair that his flexibility would put him in the spot of being the swing outfielder. He’d also be nice to have coming off the bench in close games where the Dodgers need a clutch hit. As it is, their bench is their biggest weakness. Ethier would instantly shore that up some until Colletti can fix this.

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