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Monday, January 6, 2014

Dodgers Notes: Matt Kemp Still Recovering from Ankle Surgery

By on 1/06/2014 07:30:00 AM

Matt Kemp is still rehabbing his ankle and shoulder ailments that plagued him during the 2013 season.  According to Nick Cafardo, Dodgers' general manager Ned Colletti reports that Kemp is coming along well in his rehab from ankle surgery and a shoulder ailment. Colleti explains:
His upper body is strong, he’s jogging and getting comfortable with his lower half.
Cafardo also provides a perspective from a scout who is familiar with Kemp's situation.  The scout provides some intriguing details:
I think he’s going to be a guy who will be OK this year, but you’ll get the best of Kemp the following year as he’s recovered completely from the ankle.
Kemp had left shoulder surgery in 2012 to repair a detached labrum, and had left shoulder surgery yet again in 2013 to remove AC joint debridement.  Kemp also had ankle surgery last season to correct loose bodies, a bone spur, and microfracture talus, which is a cartilage tear that surrounds a joint.  The injuries limited him to 73 games last year and a 106 games in 2012. 

There have been some murmurs of trade talks involving Kemp, including rumors involving the Boston Red Sox, but nothing is imminent, and the actuality of a trade appears to be unlikely.  The 29-year-old right handed slugger has a career 293/.350/.493 slash line and is entering the third year of an eight year, $160 million deal.

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