The Los Angeles Dodgers don’t exactly need reinforcements in their lineup, especially after starting the season 4-1, but they’ll be getting them as the team activated slugger Matt Kemp from the disabled list on Friday afternoon.
The move was rumored to take place for over a week, though, there was speculation the Dodgers could push back the date if Kemp wasn’t feeling completely healthy. But the All-Star outfielder appears ready to play.
Unfortunately he won’t be in the starting lineup as many had hoped for when the Dodgers open their home schedule this afternoon against the arch rival San Francisco Giants.
Kemp could potentially play, but skipper Don Mattingly says he didn’t want to ‘throw him into the fire’ in his first game back.
However, the ride on the pine will be short lived as Kemp is expected to get his first start of the season on Saturday afternoon.
Of course, he won’t have the best matchup as he’ll be facing Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
Facing Ryan Vogelsong on Friday night might have been a better option.