Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 6/26/12


The Dodgers MVP Matt Kemp has undoubtedly been missed over the last several weeks. The Dodgers have lost their last 7-out-of-10 games, after the loss last night to the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers also find themselves without the best record in baseball. To make matters worse, the Giants are now only two games back in the NL West heading into tonight's game. Kemp's bat has sorely been missed, the offense is flapping it's wings but continues to plummet into the abyss.

Good news was delivered today however, as Dylan Hernandez provided several tweets to get us up to speed on the expected timetable for Kemp's return. Hernandez tweets that Kemp is not expected back until after the All-Star Game which isn't for another two weeks, yikes! Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly also commented saying that Kemp will not play in the All-Star Game unless he's played for the Dodgers before the break. Mattingly did say that he is okay with Kemp participating in the Homerun Derby even if he hasn't played for the Dodgers. Kemp currently leads all NL outfielders in the All-Star voting, but is no longer the NL leader in votes, after today Joey Votto now has those bragging rights.

Kemp is progressing very well, taking batting practice every day, warming up with the team, even doing some running during the team warmups, however, Kemp reported feeling "achy" two days ago, so he doesn't appear to be close to a rehab assignment at AAA. Mattingly has been adamant that Kemp will play in 5 or 6 minor league games before his return, so that alone puts a timeline right around mid-July if he were to start an assignment soon. The best case scenario is Kemp starts his minor league rehab tour sometime within the next 5-7 days, but that's looking a little doubtful at the moment, so his appearance in the All-Star Game is in jeopardy as is an early July return.
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