When Matt Kemp starts his minor league rehabilitation assignment for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, he will be met by a capacity crowd at the Epicenter.
The first game of Kemp’s rehabilitation assignment is sold out, a spokesman for the minor league club said.
Kemp confirmed he plans to be Rancho Cucamonga’s designated hitter Tuesday. Sidelined since May 31 with a strained left hamstring, Kemp will play in minor league games right up to the All-Star break, during which he will compete in the Home Run Derby.
Kemp is expected to return to the Dodgers lineup on July 13, their first day back from the break.
Kemp will be around familiar faces in Rancho Cucamonga. Second baseman Mark Ellis and reliever Javy Guerra will also play in the game, which will have a postgame fireworks show.
Ellis started his rehabilitation assignment Saturday. He is expected to be activated Thursday for the start of the Dodgers’ series in Arizona.