Angeles Dodgers star centerfielder Matt Kemp had two hits, a run batted in, and
a run scored on Sunday in the Dodgers’ 6-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.
Normally, a game like this is normal for Kemp and does not warrant special
attention. However, since Kemp is recovering from October knee surgery, this
game does deserve some attention.
were Kemp’s first hits, RBI, and run scored of the spring. He has played in
only a few games and currently has a .154 batting average with his now 2 for 13
performance. For Kemp, repetition is the key to a fast recovery in preparation
for Opening Day. Orange County Register sports writer Bill Plunkett quoted
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly regarding Kemp’s progress. Said Mattingly, "Matt just needs time…. He's behind as far as the
hitting other guys have been able to do. He's behind as far as getting his
rhythm and timing. All Matt needs is at-bats."
Kemp is recovering from a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his
left shoulder. He missed much of the beginning of 2012 and played in only 106
games but still hit .303 with 23 HR and 69 RBI. In 2011, Kemp nearly won the National League Triple Crown when he led the National League in home runs
(39) and RBI (126) but finished third in hitting at .324. He also had a WAR of 7.8 in 2011. the Dodgers are counting on Kemp to put up big numbers, but with the Dodgers' much-improved roster, Kemp should have less pressure on him to carry the load himself.
Baseball Reference, Matt
Kemp Player Page,
Bill Plunkett, Matt
Kemp Back in CF for Dodgers Today, sulia.com, March 10, 2013.
League Baseball, Los
Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies Box Score, March 10, 2013.
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