The Los Angeles Dodgers activated outfielder Matt Kemp just before Monday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle, and then strained his right hamstring during his rehab.
As reported by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Kemp took early batting practice and ran before the game. Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp's bat looked good but he was tentative while running the bases. his bat
looked lively but he looked tentative while rounding the bases. Mattingly also wanted to see Kemp field balls in the outfield and run during batting practice so the team can "decide what we can live with".
Kemp had been working out at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility. He admits being on the disabled list so much this season has been tough, but doesn't feel he is competing for a starting spot and is ready to play.
"With hamstrings, you've got to take time. Sometimes you think it's
good, and it's not. If I have a setback, my season might be over and I
don't want that to happen. I feel like I can play. I want to play. I'm
trying to get to the point where I can play and help on offense and
"I know I can make this team better than what we already are," he said.
"I feel really good at the plate. They put me in the lineup, I'm ready
With the post season on the horizon, it will be key for the Dodgers to see what they can expect out of Kemp, who has missed 86 of the first 149 games the Dodgers have played this season.
Kemp, a career .293 hitter with 156 home runs, is batting .263 with only five home runs in 228 at bats this season.