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Matt Kemp may finally be ready to play in live action games. He tested his ankle by running the bases for the first time yesterday, and all went well. Kemp will continue to test his ankle today, but he is hoping to make a rehab start on Thursday. That could put him back by the end of the Dodgers' weekend series with the San Diego Padres or for the start of their series against the Colorado Rockies next week.
According to Austin Laymance of MLB.com, Kemp will run the bases again today. As long as there are no setbacks, Kemp will in fact begin his rehab assignment. There's no official word on how long the Dodgers want his assignment to last.
"I was a little skeptical, but it turned out to be really, really good," Kemp said after running the bases for the first time since he sprained his ankle July 21. "It was fun to get out there and run. It's been a while. I'm getting there. I was a little hesitant getting out there and running for the first time. You don't know what to expect, you don't know what it's going to feel like. But it went better than I thought it would."
Kemp will be inserted into a lineup when he returns that already has three outfielders. It will be manager Don Mattingly's job to get everyone the appropriate playing time. Kemp, coming off injury, is probably the obvious candidate for reduced time at least early on. However, as the playoffs draw near, it will become increasingly important for the Dodgers to have their roster set and comfortable for their likely postseason run.
Kemp has only played in 62 games this season. He is hitting .263/.319/.382. It's clearly a down year for the two-time All-Star, but when healthy the Dodgers believe he can get back to MVP-caliber play. In his eight seasons in the league, Kemp has hit .293/.350/.494.
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