Originally posted on Fox Sports West
By MICHAEL MARTINEZ  |  Last updated 8/27/13
LOS ANGELES Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, whose season has been limited to 37 at-bats in the past three months, had a productive workout running the bases Tuesday and could begin a rehab assignment in the minors by Thursday. Kemp hasn't played since he sprained his left ankle sliding into home plate July 21 at Washington. He's been on the disabled list three times this season. "I thought it went good today," Kemp said. "I was a little skeptical, but it turned out to be really, really good. It felt good. It was pretty fun to get out there and run. It's been a while." Beastmode on the basepath: https:t.coz5ieYUjYzA Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 27, 2013 If Kemp feels good Wednesday, the plan is for him to run the bases again before heading out for a minor league rehab, most likely at Rancho Cucamonga. The Quakes' season ends Monday. Kemp said he was unsure how many at-bats he'll need before he's ready to rejoin the team, but he indicated it wouldn't be many. "I'll know when I'm ready," he said. "You can't put a number on any of that. "You can definitely work on your timing and get that groove back, and when I do join the team I'll be ready to go. I just need at-bats." Manager Don Mattingly has stressed that, with four capable outfielders, someone will have to sit and likely be unhappy. He has also talked about easing Kemp back into the lineup, but Kemp seemed to reject that idea. "Ease back?" he repeated. "If I feel good, I'm going to play. I mean, when I feel good. I'm going to be good. I'm going to help this team in any way I can. I'm a center fielder. That's my role, to play center field every day." With Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig playing well defensively and contributing on offense, it may not be that easy for Mattingly to simply plug in Kemp and bench a player. "Obviously, I don't want to throw anybody aside," Mattingly said. "But I think you get to a point in a season, for all of our guys, it's got to be about us winning. Matt's had a rough year physically. That's not that hard to see, so I think Matt's going to understand where we're at. He sees what's going on." We talked to all our guys. We try to let them know the situation. I'm going to do the best I can, based on what I think gives us the best chance to win and somebody's going to be mad. We've already talked about it. I don't expect them not to be mad. If they weren't mad, I'd probably be worried about them.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Paul George extremely critical of Pacers following trade deadline

Chris Bosh joining TNT as analyst

Cameron Payne will have chance to shine with Bulls

Danny Ainge opens up about why Celtics didn’t make a trade before deadline

Kevin Durant wants to be NBA GM or owner after playing career

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mavericks discussing buyout with Deron Williams

T-Wolves reportedly backed away from Ricky Rubio-Derrick Rose trade

DeMarcus Cousins calls duo with Anthony Davis ‘Fire and Ice’

Reasons why 76ers got so little for Nerlens Noel emerge

John Lynch: 49ers ‘absolutely’ need to improve at QB position

Report: Raptors trade Jared Sullinger, two future picks to Suns for P.J. Tucker

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Box Score 2/23: Gillon's buzzer-beater blast for the win

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Box Score 2/22: Not everyone is happy with the new intentional walk rule

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker