Originally written August 27, 2013 on ChadMoriyama.com:
Matt Kemp has increased the intensity of his running as he continues to work his way back from a serious ankle injury. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp began taking slight turns while jogging in the outfield, but even manager Don Mattingly concedes Kemp isn’t likely to return before rosters expand Sept. 1. “We thought he’d have a chance before September, but Matt’s still not playing,” said Mattingly. “He’s still not there as time marches on. We don’t feel he’s moving backward. He’s just moving forward slowly.” Kemp is still moving gingerly on the left ankle he badly sprained four weeks ago, landing him on the disabled list. He’s not running at close to 100 percent, hasn’t done stops and starts, hasn’t done sharp cutting and hasn’t run the bases. He’s also now wearing a sleeve around his left calf, saying that it’s precautionary because he has a tendency of calf tightness. And when he does come back, he’ll need to fight through the arthritic soreness atop his left shoulder that put him on the disabled list in July and might need offseason surgery. Dylan Hernandez reports that Kemp could suit up for some minor-league rehab action this week. Whether that happens will depend on how Kemp feels when he runs the bases, something he is expected to do in the next day or two. Kemp said his left ankle is now pain-free. He sprained the ankle last month. “It’s good,” Kemp said. “No pain at all.” The Dodgers want Kemp to take as many at-bats in the minor leagues as possible. The minor league season ends next week. “If we can’t do that, I’m sure we’ll have guys in instructional league, things like that, being able to set up some sim games,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “I want him to be sharp when he comes. Give him the best chance to have success.” Kemp is on the disabled list for the third time this season. Mattingly said he doesn’t plan for Kemp to play every day when he is activated. “I’ll get him back in the mix, get him comfortable,” Mattingly said. “I’ll do what I did with Carl [Crawford] when he was coming back from his hamstring. He gets a couple days in there, he gets a day off. I’ll be careful with him.” It’s nice to see Don Mattingly say he’ll take it slow with The Bison when he returns, and he certainly has the luxury to do so with four MLB-caliber outfielders on the roster. —– Josh Beckett is ahead of schedule in his rehab, which basically says it all about his injury. As for Beckett, he said he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab process. The right-hander plans to start a throwing program Wednesday in Dallas. From there, he hopes to throw off a mound at least three times, take a break and then resume his normal offseason routine in December. So maybe he’ll be back and ready by next year. —– Hyun-Jin Ryu recently dealt with a cold, as related by Ernest Reyes. Unfortunately, it has apparently already spread, as reported by David Vassegh. Ronald Belisario, Mark Ellis, and J.P. Howell have also come down with cold-like symptoms. —– Shawn Tolleson, once potential bullpen help after the rosters expanded, had a setback. Shawn Tolleson suffered a left hip injury in his return from lower back surgery and had his Minor League rehab assignment put on hold, which will likely prevent the reliever from joining the Dodgers once rosters expand Sept. 1. With the front of the bullpen still very much up for grabs, this is a disappointment. —– Two weeks worth of minor-league injury news to cover. August 8-15: Placed On 7-Day DL: RHP Alan Garcia, RHP Hector Nelo, RHP Luis Vasquez, C Dashenko Ricardo, SS Ozzie Martinez, OF Bobby Coyle, OF Ryan Mount Reinstated From DL: RHP Ralston Cash, RHP Blake Johnson, C John Cannon, C Dashenko Ricardo, 1B O’Koyea Dickson, 2B Elevys Gonzalez, OF Robbie Garvey August 16-20: Placed On 7-Day DL: C John Cannon, C Damaso Espino, C Jan Vazquez, 2B Malcolm Holland Reinstated From DL: C Gorman Erickson, C Damaso Espino Nobody especially significant to note, but the constant roster moves all year at the catcher position is nuts. ===== Greg Zakwin is the founder of the site Plaschke Thy Sweater Is Argyle. Follow him on Twitter @ArgyledPlaschke and find him contributing at Yahoo! Sports.
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