LOS ANGELES Despite a rehabilitation assignment in the minor leagues that yielded awful results, Matt Kemp was activated from the disabled list on Tuesday and was back in the starting lineup for the Dodgers.
Whether hell be the Kemp who struggled for the first two months of the season or the Kemp who is still considered one of the National Leagues most dangerous hitter is something both he and the Dodgers are anxious to find out.
If nothing else, the right fielder considers his return a fresh start.
"For me it is," he said. "I didnt do too well the first month, month and a half of the season. For me, this is a new season, a new Matt. I just want to go out there and do whatever I can to contribute and help this team get going again."
Kemp went on the DL May 30 with a mild strain in his right hamstring, but it was seen as a welcome respite after he began the season hitting just .251 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 191 at-bats. But he has steadfastly refused to blame his trouble...