It’s already expected that Matt Kemp won’t be ready for the Los Angeles Dodgers season opener which takes place in Australia. But his delay in getting back on the field could grow as the Dodgers are reportedly ‘being cautious‘ with the outfielder as he continues to rehab from offseason surgery.
GM Colletti on Kemp’s rehab: “We’re being cautious.” Remains to be seen how soon he’ll be ready to run.
Kemp hasn’t been doing much work outside of running on an anti-gravity treadmill and it’s been light jogging at best.
Granted, Kemp still has essentially two months (give or take a few days) to get himself ready for the non-Australian portion of the Dodgers schedule, but it’s currently not known if he’ll be ready come that date.
Even if he starts the season on the disabled list, it’s far more important to have a healthy Kemp than a Kemp who is rushed back before he’s ready.
We’ll continue to monitor his progress as the season nears.
The Dodgers season officially opens on March 22nd though their U.S. schedule doesn’t resume until April 1st against the San Diego Padres.