September 8, 2013 |
I kicked butt in basic math. No kidding, sabermetric lovers, I was a star. Would take those national math tests, score in the 98 percentile and take bows as my name was read aloud to my awed middle school classmates. Then I went to high school and took algebra, and that was the end of my stardom and the beginning of hiding in the back of class. Still, I need only call on those pre-high school skills to formulate that Matt Kemp is about out of time. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Cincinnati before Sunday night's game against the Reds that Stan Conte, the team's vice president of medical services, said Kemp will need at least 10 more days to be ready for a game.
April 4, 2013 |
OK, repeat after the Dodgers: It's only three games, it's only three games. True, of course. There will no doubt be plenty of times during the course of a 162-game series that the offense will go silent, where their big bats are made to look small. But when it's the first three games of the season, things can get magnified. And three games or not, there is something just wrong about Clayton Kershaw leading the team in home runs. So, three games or not, it doesn't look right that Matt Kemp (0 for 10)
August 31, 2012 |
Matt Kemp is back in the Dodgers' lineup. Kemp missed the last two games after crashing into the center-field wall at Coors Field on Tuesday. Kemp will bat cleanup on Friday for the first time this season, part of what appears to be an effort by Manager Don Mattingly to shake up his surprisingly unproductive lineup. Recently acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will bat third. In other news, closer Kenley Jansen was seen on Friday playing catch in the Dodger Stadium outfield with bullpen catcher Rob Flippo.
April 17, 2013 |
The Dodgers gave center fielder Matt Kemp his first day off this season, benching him for Wednesday's game. Kemp is batting .185 overall and .053 with runners in scoring position, with 17 strikeouts in 54 at-bats. Manager Don Mattingly watched as Kemp took early batting practice for the second time in three days. Mattingly and Kemp each said the center fielder has no injury issues, with his surgically repaired shoulder or otherwise. "There's nothing wrong with me," Kemp said.
September 1, 2013 |
Matt Kemp, who is hitless in the first three games of his minor league rehabilitation assignment, will not return to the Dodgers on Monday. "He doesn't feel good yet at the plate," Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. "He's not pushing us to say, 'I want to be there tomorrow.'" Kemp is 0 for 11 at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, including five strikeouts. He has hit one ball out of the infield. He is expected to play with the Quakes again on Sunday. Mattingly did not say whether Kemp would remain with Rancho Cucamonga into the California League playoffs -- the Quakes' magic number is 1; the playoffs start Wednesday -- or would report to the Dodgers' Arizona training complex.
September 6, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - Matt Kemp's hopes of returning to the Dodgers this season were a dealt a setback Friday when he was shut down indefinitely with a tight right hamstring. Kemp, who has been rehabbing a left ankle sprain, experienced some hamstring tightness while running the bases Thursday at the Dodgers' minor league facility in Glendale, Ariz. Kemp spent a month on the disabled list earlier this summer with a mild strain of the same hamstring. Dodger Manager Don Mattingly said he was uncertain how long Kemp would be held out of driills but if he can't run or hit for an extended period it would probably prevent him from rejoining the Dodgers in time for the postseason, if the team qualifies.