Found August 26, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
As the Los Angeles Dodgers march toward a seemingly unchallenged path to the postseason, they will still need the services of their All-Star outfielder, Matt Kemp.  Fortunately, he is making progress with his ankle and should be returning soon.  In fact, Kemp could return to action within the next week. Matt Kemp could start a minor league rehabilitation assignment this week. Said his ankle is pain-free. — Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) August 25, 2013 If Kemp begins the rehab assignment early enough in the week, he could return to the Dodgers' lineup by the weekend.  Generally, position player will spend less time on assignment than pitchers because they can play multiple games in a row.  Of course, the assignment will extend if the team is not confident in how Kemp looks or feels. Kemp has been on the DL since late July thanks to a sprained ankle.  The injury healed slowly, and it was not until recently that Kemp could even run the bases.  Now, he seems good to go, so he should be back and able to provide the Dodgers a boost once he proves himself in his rehab assignment. The Dodgers hold a large lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks, but collapses in the final month or so of the season have been known to happen.  A healthy Kemp can give the Dodgers' offense a boost and help prevent any chance of a collapse.  He is hitting .263/.319/.382 in what would be a down year for him statistically speaking. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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