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Matt Kemp almost ready for game action


Matt Kemp has gone through some ups and downs with his rehab this off-season as he works his way back from ankle surgery. He was reported to be behind schedule at one point and it is assumed that he will not be ready for the trip when the Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Australia later this month to open the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This weekend there finally appears to be good news, as manager Don Mattingly believes Kemp is close to being ready for game action. From MLB.com:

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

Upon his return, will Kemp have to compete to earn his spot? Two years ago that would have been crazy to say, but the Dodgers have a well-documented surplus of outfielders. While some have wondered if Kemp would end up being the odd man out, he will start if he’s right.

If Matt Kemp looks anything like the ‘toolsy’ version of himself in seasons past, the guy who hits for average and power and plays an elite center field, he will undoubtedly be in the starting lineup. It is a matter of him proving he can still be that guy after the myriad of injuries that have derailed the last couple seasons.

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