SAN DIEGO — The hamstring injury that put Matt Kemp on the disabled list appears healed. The poor hitting that preceded the stint on the disabled list? The Dodgers are keeping their fingers crossed.
Kemp went hitless in five at-bats — with four strikeouts — in his first rehabilitation game with triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. In 51 games with the Dodgers, Kemp is batting .251 with two home runs and 60 strikeouts — a total that still leads the team even though he has not played in the major leagues since May 29.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp had tried a new pair of contact lenses in Saturday's game, which might have contributed to the strikeouts. Mattingly said he was "not really" concerned about the statistics from Kemp's first competitive game in almost a month, but he said the Dodgers would consider extending Kemp's rehabilitation assignment beyond the planned three or four games if the strikeouts continue.
"Is the timing for him back, at game speed? It doesn't seem like it's back yet," Mattingly said. "If it's two or three or four games, or five or six, to get his timing back, that's what you need out of the rehab.