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Dodgers' Matt Kemp expected back May 29

The All-Star center fielder could play in a minor league game before coming off the disabled list.

May 16, 2012|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp watches batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp watches batting practice prior to Tuesday's… (Harry How / Getty Images )

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Kemp is expected to be ready to play again when he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on May 29, according to trainer Sue Falsone.

“That is our goal,” Falsone said.

Kemp was placed on the disabled list Monday with a strained left hamstring.

The next day, Kemp received an injection of platelet-rich plasma. He had blood drawn and spun to isolate the platelets, which clot and promote healing. The platelets were injected into the site of the injury.

Falsone said Kemp will probably hit off a tee on Thursday.

Manager Don Mattingly said he would like for Kemp to play in a minor league game before he returns. Falsone agreed.

“I think that’s the smart thing to do,” Falsone said. “You can’t mimic competition.”

In other injury news, Juan Uribe is expected to see a hand specialist in Los Angeles over the weekend. An MRI exam revealed Uribe has a sprained wrist.

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Matt Kemp expected back May 29

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