WASHINGTON – After hitting two home runs off Ted Lilly in a simulated game, Matt Kemp appears to still be on track to be activated from the disabled list Sunday.
Kemp has been sidelined since July 6 because of irritation in his surgically repaired left shoulder.
The first of Kemp’s two home runs was to center field. The second landed in the visiting bullpen behind the wall in left-center.
Manager Don Mattingly anticipated Kemp would be reinstated from the disabled list for the series finale in Washington, but said he would have to check with the team’s medical department first.
Kemp’s return will give the Dodgers four high-caliber outfielders: Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford.
All four will be able to play at the same time in the Dodgers’ next series, which will be in Toronto. There, the Dodgers will be able to use a designated hitter.
“I’m a happy guy in Toronto,” Mattingly said. “I don’t have to worry about it.”