The Los Angeles Dodgers got Carl Crawford back yesterday, but another ailing outfielder isn't making nearly as much progress. Matt Kemp's sprained ankle -- which caused him to hit the disabled list two weeks ago -- is still swollen, and he continues to favor the injury, according to Austin Laymance of MLB.com.
Kemp has progressed to the point where he's begun hitting off a tee, but he's still only able to support about 20 percent of his body weight while running on an anti-gravity treadmill. He'll have to run the bases at full speed before he's cleared to begin a rehab assignment, which is still a ways away considering his current status.
At this point, the Dodgers aren't sure when Kemp will be able to test his ankle with more strenuous workouts, and the center fielder is still wearing a walking boot around the team's clubhouse. Manager Don Mattingly told reporters that the sprain Kemp is suffering from wasn't minor, noting that it's going to take time before it gets better.
"It wasn't a minor sprain, it was a little bit more
than that," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "It's not broken, and
it's not something that's not going to get better. It's going to get better.
It's just going to be a matter of time."
It's been another disappointing season for Kemp, who's been on the DL three times already. When he has played he's struggled to produce, as he's hit only .263/.219/.382 with five home runs over 251 plate appearances.
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