Matt Kemp ran the bases on Tuesday for the first time since spraining his left ankle a month ago, and the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger says he's getting closer to returning.
Kemp says he felt better than he expected because he was skeptical how things would go. The next step will be running the bases again Wednesday. If things go well, manager Don Mattingly says Kemp could be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment.
The minor league regular season ends on Monday, although Class A Rancho Cucamonga could reach the postseason, which would give the Dodgers more time to get Kemp in some rehab games. Kemp says he has no plans to go to Arizona and play in instructional league games there.
He has been on the disabled list since July 24, his third stint this season.