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MLB Injury News:
'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 Dodgers' spring training complex in Arizona, Mattingly told Gurnick that Kemp simply needs to get a lot more work in than he's getting in A-ball.
"He can get 10 to 12 at-bats a day, and you get four at-bats in the Minor League setting," said Mattingly. "In a four-day period, he could get 40 at-bats. In 2 1/2 months, he's had 37 at-bats. That's like a full winter off."
Gurnick writes that the Dodgers aren't expecting Kemp to return to the majors any time soon, especially after his 0-for-18 line with seven strikeouts in five games with Rancho Cucamonga. Mattingly also said Kemp would still be playing in center field when he returned, citing Yasiel Puig's strong arm in right as a reason to leave the young Cuban at the corner spot.
The Dodgers also have no real incentive to rush Kemp back, as they have not struggled at all without him. When Kemp hit the DL for the third time this season on July 24, the Dodgers were just 1.5 games ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West, with a 53-47 record. Since that date, they have gone 29-8 and now lead Arizona by 13.5 games; no other team in the West even has a winning record since that date.
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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...
Five Dodgers minor-league players were voted as All-Stars for their respective leagues, according to a poll conducted by Baseball America. The main prospects on the list were one of the system’s top prospects in Joc Pederson and one of the system’s up-and-coming prospects in Jacob Scavuzzo.
In AAA, Nick Buss of the Albuquerque Isotopes made the outfield for the Pacific...
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.
"[Hitting coach Mark McGwire] and I watched tape...
Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is being recognized for his work off the field. He's the winner of the 2013 Branch Rickey Award in recognition of his community work.
Created by the Rotary Club of Denver in 1991, the Branch Rickey Award honors individuals in baseball who contribute to their communities and are strong role models for young people.
At 25, Kershaw...
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.
But with that said, what in the blue hell is a music video entrance? Players are known to pick music to step up to bat to, usually a five to ten second sample of a song to get them in the zone.
Puig has taken...
Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Nick Punto grabbed the hanger. He stuffed the shirts onto a nearby chair and moved the rest of the gear in the locker around. A few minutes later reliever J.P. Howell walked over and began to put his clothes up.
Out popped Skip Schumaker who was crouched behind the uniform gear like a ninja. Howell's reaction left teammates howling.
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.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Cincinnati Reds this weekend in what marks the Dodgers’ first matchup with a team in playoff contention since their three game set with the Boston Red Sox two weeks ago.
After a bleak effort put forth against the Red Sox, where the Dodgers dropped two of the three games, they are looking to...
With the regular season ending for all affiliates aside from Ogden, Monday’s games are included in this week’s recap.
Also of note is that the Dodgers have shut down Julio Urias, who hit his strict innings limit, even though Great Lakes made the playoffs.
It’s a smart move, of course.
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Jorge De La Rosa looked at his thumb and shook his head. It hurts. It has since June 17 when he violently spun a curveball in Toronto then had the bat ricochet off it while bunting. The pain has traveled with him through two countries eight states and 16 games.
"It's bad. But I can work through it" said De La Rosa who wore a BMX-type motorcycle glove while hitting...
DENVER (AP) -- Edinson Volquez lost to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night for the fifth time this season. But in his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Volquez saw progress in the 7-5 loss as he tried to implement some recommendations from new pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.
"It's tough a little bit working with something new, but what I saw today was very good...