Found September 04, 2013 on
Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp will continue his rehab in Arizona, participating in simulated games as he looks to get back the timing he had in the 11 games prior to injuring his ankle.
Matt Kemp struggled mightily on his minor league rehab assignment in five games with Class-A Rancho Cuamonga, but now that the Quakes’ regular season has ended Kemp will not stay in southern California. Kemp will continue his rehab at the Dodgers’ complex at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, the team announced on Tuesday.
Kemp hasn’t played for the Dodgers since July 21, suffering a left ankle sprain in the series finale against the Nationals. In five minor league games with Rancho Cucamonga beginning last Thursday, Kemp was 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts and one walk.
“The results don’t mean much [in minor league rehab assignments]. It’s all about getting ready,” manager Don Mattingly said over the weekend. “We both want him to be ready. I want to make sure he’s feeling good, and is comfortable out there.”
While the results may not matter much, Kemp still needs to get his timing at the plate back, which obviously hasn’t happened yet. Kemp will continue his search for comfort at the plate in Arizona, though it’s not certain just how long until he returns to the Dodgers.
“It’s not quite the same but it’s a little like spring training,” Mattingly said Saturday. “It’s hard to jump in there against 94-95 mph if you haven’t seen it regularly.”
Apparently he hasn’t looked as bad as the results have shown thus far, but you’d like to think a healthy Kemp could hit A-ball pitching.
Chad’s Note: I saw video that Dustin Nosler took of Matt Kemp a few days ago and his timing and footstrike looked way off. This is probably for the best.
Yasiel Puig re-injured his right knee in Monday’s game. The club announced the injury as a strain of Puig’s right knee.
Yasiel Puig was removed from Monday’s game against the Rockies in the sixth inning, after the Dodgers outfielder appeared to have some sort of an issue with his knee. The Dodgers announced that Puig left the game with a mild right knee strain.
The injury may have occurred for Puig while at first on a pickoff attempt by Rockies pitcher Jeff Manship. Replays on the KCAL television broadcast showed Puig appearing to tweak his knee while getting back to the bag.
After the game, manager Don Mattingly said Puig had stiffness in his knee and that the outfielder wouldn’t start on Tuesday, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Puig said the knee has been an ongoing issue but today felt worse, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
According to Yasiel, the knee has been an issue for a while. He’s day-to-day and with a big lead the Dodgers can afford to give him more rest down the stretch.
Josh Beckett was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Michael Young on the 40-man roster.
Two weeks worth of minor league injury news to report.
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
Placed on 7-day DL: LHP Geison Aguasviva, 3B Elevys Gonzalez, 3B Rusty Ryal
Reinstated from DL: SS Ozzie Martinez, OF Bobby Coyle
Ryal was soon thereafter dealt to the Angels.
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'Like the beginning of Spring Training' is how Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly described Matt Kemp's condition to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick yesterday. Kemp has played in less than half of the Dodgers' games this season after struggling with a litany of injuries, the latest being a left ankle sprain sustained in July. With Kemp now moving his rehab to the...
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has struggled through his rehab assignment, as yesterday's 0-for-4 now makes him 0-for-14 with seven strikeouts during his stint in the minors. Still, manager Don Mattingly told reporters -- including Ken Gurnick of MLB.com -- that he feels Kemp's swing isn't far off.
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Matt Kemp is unlikely to be activated from the disabled list this week as he is scheduled to continue his rehabilitation at the Dodgers’ spring-training complex in Arizona.
Kemp will play in simulated games which will allow him to take 10 to 12 at-bats per day.
“In a four-day period you can get 40-something at-bats” Manager Don Mattingly said. “That’s a good way to get his timing.”
Yasiel Puig is a bit of a diva. Heck, if you spent the majority of your life on a tiny communist island then to become a millionaire before the age of 25 you’d be one too.
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He didn't crash into a wall or dive in the outfield for a liner, but Yasiel Puig still managed to get banged up on Monday.
Puig left the game in Colorado after the fifth inning with a mild right knee sprain.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers were without Yasiel Puig for the second-consecutive night last night as they took on the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers' couldn't inch past the Rockies in the series finale, but they managed to take the series. They did so with Puig sitting for most of it. With the off-day Thursday, Puig will have received plenty of rest leading into a weekend...
Yasiel Puig probably could have played last night in the Los Angeles Dodgers' win over the Colorado Rockies. However, he is not quite 100 percent. Rather than rush him back, the Dodgers gave him the night off and they will re-evaluate today. With a comfortable lead in the division race, Los Angeles has the luxury of trying to get their players as healthy as possible.
During today's Dodgers game, outfielder Yasiel Puig awkwardly slid into first base and had to leave the game with a mild strain of his right knee. It turns out the injury isn't too serious, but it will cause him to miss some time.
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Yasiel Puig will not be playing tomorrow's game against the Rockies. While Puig&...
The Dodgers outfielder has played in 80 of 82 games since joining the Dodgers including 76 starts.
Yasiel Puig was removed from Monday's game against the Rockies in the sixth inning after the Dodgers outfielder appeared to have some sort of an issue with his knee. The Dodgers announced that Puig left the game with a mild right knee strain.
Puig reached first base on a throwing...
The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their roll but the man most often credited for starting it left the game with an injury.
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