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Matt Kemp expected to be activated from disabled list tomorrow

Apr 3, 2014, 9:39 PM EDT

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Matt Kemp is eligible to come off the disabled list as soon as tomorrow and Ken Gurnick of reports that all signs point to him being activated and in the lineup for the Dodgers’ home opener against the Giants.

Kemp had bone spurs and a loose body removed from his left ankle last October as well as a microfracture procedure of the talus bone. The Dodgers brought him along slowly this spring, though he was able to get into some minor league games toward the end of camp. The 29-year-old doesn’t think he needs an official minor league rehab assignment and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says they’ll take him at his word:

“Physically, in his mind, Matt feels he’s ready,” Mattingly said. “He’s said he’s not afraid to do all the things he has to do. In a sense, we can only trust him. He’s been honest with us. He doesn’t want to get embarrassed. He wants to do well.”

Once Kemp is activated, the Dodgers will have four outfielders for three spots with Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, and Andre Ethier also in-house. While it could be a challenge for Mattingly to juggle the egos involved, the situation will allow Kemp to be eased back into things in the early going.

Kemp, who also had a cleanup procedure on his left shoulder in October, was limited to just 73 games last season.

  1. mctyboy35 - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Stick with what’s working. Ease Kemp in and let him earn his spot back. Our lineup is strong right now and competition only makes teams better

  2. Earnest Christian - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:10 PM

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  3. moseskkim - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Seems like an awkward situation but all four of’s have not been able to stay healthy so nothing to see here. Prove us youre all healthy and we’ll talk

  4. brewcrewchamps - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    Matt Kemp expected to go back on disabled list tomorrow

  5. weeniss - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    He’s made off glass.

    • weeniss - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM


  6. lanflfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    He should be staying in AAA Albuequerque playing every day for a few weeks to get back into proper game shape, as the last time he rushed back it caused further injury.

    • moseskkim - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      nah last time against washington he came back he was lazily running down to home and realized he was about to get thrown out and rushed, slid, mashed his ankle. if he had ran normal speed down, he wouldve scored without a throw. get ur facts straight~

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