Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp had his first taste of ‘Spring’ baseball today, despite the fact that he didn’t play in an official Spring Training game.
Rather than put Kemp in a Cactus League tilt, the Dodgers opted to place Kemp in a minor league game where he played one inning in the outfield.
So how did it go? Uneventful, which is probably the best news Kemp or Dodgers fans could have hoped for, though the MVP candidate did suggest things felt ‘weird’ out there.
#Dodgers‘ Matt Kemp played an inning in center at the end of his minor-league game and got a couple chances. Said it felt “a little weird.”
We assume the ‘weird’ mention was simply because he hadn’t played in so long.
Kemp is returning from offseason ankle surgery (and honestly is still rehabbing his shoulder issue) and doesn’t figure to be ready for game action when the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks open up the MLB regular season in Australia.
The hope is that Kemp will be ready at some point during the Dodgers opening series which will take place down the I-5 against the San Diego Padres.