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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dodgers' Matt Kemp expects to be ready for Spring Training


By on 1/09/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League West last season despite Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp playing a combined 159 games.  It was the second consecutive season that Kemp has missed significant time due to injury. But there is good news regarding Kemp.

As reported by Austin Laymance of MLB.com,  Dodgers' general manager Ned Colletti said on Wednesday that he expects Kemp, along with shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitcher Josh Beckett to be ready for Spring Training.


Kemp had off season surgery on his left ankle and left shoulder and has been out of a walking boot for at least three weeks. He's been starting to hit and although these are all good signs, the Dodgers don't want to rush Kemp back before he's ready.

"We're going to take it as deliberately as possible and as cautious as possible," Colletti said. "We expect him to be playing by the time we're in the midst of Spring Training, and he should have a chance to play a lot."
The Dodgers are hoping that Kemp can return to near his 2011 form when he lead the league in home runs and RBI, with 39 and 126 respectively. Kemp played in 106 in 2012 and hit .303 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI. His production plummeted last season to a .270 average with six home runs and 33 RBI.  In 966 career games, Kemp is a .293 hitter with 157 home runs and 559 RBI.

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