PHOENIX Matt Kemp is expected to play Friday for the first time since off-season surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. But Carl Crawford, the Dodgers' other rehabbing All-Star outfielder, hit a bump in his comeback from reconstructive elbow surgery.
"It depends on how he comes in in the morning," Manager Don Mattingly said of Kemp's status. "The morning tells us usually. You may feel good at the end of the day, but the next morning you see how it's going."
Kemp has been hitting against live pitching this week and said he has been pain-free, but, Mattingly cautioned, "he's just getting started."
"It's not like we're running him out there and playing nine innings. We're going to give him a couple of at-bats and he's going to go home."
Crawford experienced soreness in his left forearm after swinging in the batting cages Thursday morning. The Dodgers, who believe Crawford probably aggravated the injury while throwing, had hoped he could play this weekend. That's unl...