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Matt Kemp looked a little rusty while DH'ing for Rancho Cucamonga last night in his first minor league rehab game since injuring his ankle. The Los Angeles Dodgers superstar is likely going to return to the Dodgers' active roster next week, but the team is trying to get him as much action as possible before Rancho Cucmonga's season ends on Monday.
Austin Laymance of MLB.com says Kemp did not get a real chance to test his ankle as he only ran to first base four times. He struck out once. In none of his at-bats did he really get the opportunity to make a turn hard at first base. However, Kemp felt like he was quickly regaining his comfort at the plate.
"I got more comfortable as the game went on," Kemp said. "I knew I wasn't going to come out feeling super good. But I hit some balls hard and that's all you can ask for."
Kemp will get his first test in the field today. He will be starting in the outfield for Rancho Cucamonga and will be tasked with really putting pressure on his ankle for the first time. Kemp has been on the DL for quite some time with this ankle sprain, so this will be a significant step forward.
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