Jul. 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers injured outfielder Matt Kemp on the bench against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp struggling in recovery; unlikely to return soon?

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Jul. 8, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Los Angeles Dodgers injured outfielder Matt Kemp on the bench against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Just a few days ago, reports leaked that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp would be ready to return on August 6th, the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.

All seemed well, but according to a recent report on MLB.com, things don’t sound nearly as promising.

According to Austin Laymance, Kemp is struggling to return and it’s very likely he wont be ready to be activated from the disabled list next week:

Kemp has started hitting off a tee, but his ankle is still swollen and he’s only been able to support 20 percent of his body weight while running on an anti-gravity treadmill. He played catch in the outfield at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, but appeared to be favoring his ankle.

The Dodgers aren’t sure when Kemp will be able to test his ankle with more strenuous workouts, and he still wears an immobilizing boot in the clubhouse. Kemp, on the disabled list for the third time this season, sprained his ankle in an awkward slide at the plate on July 21 in Washington.

“It wasn’t a minor sprain, it was a little bit more than that,” said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. “It’s not broken, and it’s not something that’s not going to get better. It’s going to get better. It’s just going to be a matter of time.”

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