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Matt Kemp could see game action soon, says Don Mattingly

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Matt Kemp could soon return to game action for the Dodgers, according to manager Don Mattingly (via Ken Gurnick).

“I think that’s fair to say,” Mattingly said when asked if Kemp’s intensifying workouts were a sign that game action could soon follow.

Kemp, recovering from serious ankle surgery, has begun to run and make turns, although not yet on the bases. He also has resumed tracking fly balls in the outfield. He has been taking batting practice and throwing throughout Spring Training. He will start the season on the disabled list.

“We’re seeing him take fly balls, getting jumps,” said Mattingly. “He’s swinging the bat good. It won’t be long before he’s in a game.”

Dodgers (ss)
Mariners
6:05pm PT
Phoenix, Ariz.
2B
Gordon
CF
Almonte
LF
Crawford
3B
Seager
SS
Ramirez
SS
Franklin
RF
Van Slyke
DH
Smoak
1B
Robinson
1B
Montero
3B
Uribe
LF
Romero
CF
Pederson
RF
Jones
C
Federowicz
2B
Triunfel
DH
Guerrero
C
Quintero
P
Beckett
 
P
Beavan

Understandably though, as they’ve done all off-season, Dodgers management has refused to set a timetable or raise expectations on his return.

Mattingly, however, wouldn’t say if the club will see Kemp in a game before the team flight to Australia on March 16.

“I don’t put that kind of timetable on it,” he said. “As long as he’s moving forward.”

It makes sense and jives with the off-season company line regarding Kemp’s health, which has been basically to not rush proceedings via media quotes under any circumstances.

Timetable or not, it’s the first indication the Dodgers have given that we could soon see Kemp on the field again, and it certainly represents a positive step forward in the rehab process.

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Also of note in terms of injury, Zack Greinke threw 34 pitches in a BP session today and felt “pretty good.”

Most importantly, it led to this assessment of his current speed.

“I could field now,” he said. “If I had to beat Dee (Gordon) to first base from the mound, Dee would beat me. If it was A.J. Ellis, I still might not, but I’d probably beat him.”

Poor A.J. Ellis.

Finally, Yasiel Puig was excused today to deal with a “personal matter.” No details on that were revealed.



511 comments
steelmohawk
steelmohawk

ah no more baseball for the day, (over there's day) 

ABSmileBunch
ABSmileBunch

didn't throw i to that busted kid again.

Tommy D
Tommy D

While it sucked living in a world without the Dodgers for so long, I'm lucky I had Dave Neihaus for my formative years.

Puce Deuce
Puce Deuce

Orel will never say that a home run kills a rally.

Hoze
Hoze

it makes very little sense to have Paco to give up the 2nd LH spot on the bullpen to Maholm as well as have anything more than a 7 man bullopen.. so its going to very interesting to see where Beckett, and thus League fit come Opening Day..  

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

Orel is at his best when talking about pitching mechanics. I think it's mostly Steiner's fault.

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

I get the feeling Hershiser and Steiner will be really annoying by midseason

TheConman
TheConman

Please tell me you guys saw that fan in the outfield drop the ball into the bullpen

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@Hoze I imagine opening day all 3 will have spots

the domestic opening day will be very, very interesting

Hoze
Hoze

@steelmohawk @Hoze  i have an affinity for some of the younger guys.. and so yeah Beckett will prevent one of them from pitching in the majors if he stays 

TheConman
TheConman

@Hoze @TheConman  he then went and picked up the ball, threw it up to the guy, and he dropped it over the fence, the mariners player just turned and laughed

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

@Hoze @steelmohawk  I'm not ready to give up on Beckett. There might be a good/very good No. 5 starter in there. I'm way more pissed about League and Perez...

Barney (Not Darwin)
Barney (Not Darwin)

@PagansOedipalComplex @Barney G I'd still take them over Collins and Lyons. Lyons with his asinine theories and Collins with his lame jokes. I remember the Dodgers were going to Atlanta and Milwaukee and Collins made some lame joke about the Dodgers going on the peaches and cream tour.