September 17, 2013 |
Mr. Kemp, meet Mr. Ramirez. Manager Don Mattingly did this weird thing prior to Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks. He handed in a real, live lineup. Matt Kemp, the guy they thought was still running too tentatively with that sore hamstring Monday, was back in the lineup and batting fifth a day later. Hanley Ramirez, who'd missed the last four games with a back issue, was back and hitting third. Carl Crawford (back) and Andre Ethier (foot) remained out, but Mattingly on Tuesday will send out a lineup that doesn't look like it's intended for a spring training game: Yasiel Puig RF, Mark Ellis 2B, Ramirez SS, Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Kemp CF, Juan Uribe 3B, Scott Van Slyke LF, A.J. Ellis C, Zack Greinke P. This will be Kemp's first start since July 21, when he came back from a hamstring injury for one day only to sprain his ankle on a misbegotten slide at home.
September 28, 2013 |
And for today's scare, the Dodgers bring you Matt Kemp. Kemp was a late scratch Friday night, the Dodgers said he was removed for precautionary reasons because of left ankle soreness. This is the same ankle that earlier caused Kemp to sit out 53 games. He came off the disabled list Sept. 16 and had started every game but one since. Kemp has been on the DL three times this season because of a hamstring strain, soreness from off-season shoulder surgery and the ankle issue.
August 9, 2013 |
Even the warmest of stories can have the saddest of endings, and so it is with Joshua Jones, the fatally ill young fan befriended so memorably by Matt Kemp last May. Jones is the 19-year-old Dodgers fan Kemp gave his cap, jersey and cleats to after making the final out in a Dodgers loss at AT&T Park. It was heartwarming, even touching Giants fans. Then, three weeks later, Kemp flew Jones and his family to Los Angeles for a game at Dodger Stadium, bringing them on the field to meet teammates.
February 14, 2014 |
PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp doesn't know when he'll play his first game this year. But he knows this: He isn't a fourth outfielder. Smiling and shaking his head after the Dodgers' first full-squad workout of the spring, Kemp said, “I'm not a fourth outfielder. We can cut that question off right now. That's the last question you have to ask me. I'm not a fourth outfielder. I'm not going to be a fourth outfielder. I'm here to help my team win and play every day. We can stop right there.” Asked if the presence of Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford made it easier for him to take his time returning from ankle surgery, Kemp said, “When it's time for me to come back, I'm going to come back and be the same player I've been in previous years when I was healthy.
June 10, 2013 |
Matt Kemp once played 399 consecutive games, which was the longest streak in the major leagues at the time. The streak earned Kemp the reputation one of baseball's ironmen. About to spend his 12th game of the season on the disabled list Monday, Kemp was fearing he could develop an entirely different reputation. “I don't want to be labeled as that guy who's always getting hurt, but it's starting to look like that,” Kemp said. “It's a weird transition.” Kemp spent 51 games on the disabled list last season.
June 24, 2013 |
The Matt Kemp watch was stepped up over the weekend when the outfielder began a rehab assignment at triple-A Albuquerque. Kemp is scheduled to return to the Dodgers Tuesday, though that doesn't mean he will be ready to come off the disabled list and join the team. Kemp has been out since May 29 with a strained right hamstring. “We don't want him to come back until he's ready,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “It's been a month. It's hard to say you're ready to go in seven, eight at-bats.” In Kemp's first two games at Albuquerque, he has gone a combined 1 for 8 with five strikeouts and a double.
March 28, 2012 |
PHOENIX - Matt Kemp signed an eight-year, $160-million contract with the Dodgers over the winter. That figure seemed like a pittance compared with the $2.15 billion a group led by Magic Johnson agreed to pay for the team. "I feel broke," Kemp said. "I thought what I got was pretty good money, but what they have is ... wow ... two billion is a lot of money, man, it's a lot of dough. " Kemp laughed. A standout high school basketball player, Kemp was visibly excited by news that Johnson would be part of the next ownership group.
March 25, 2014 |
He offered only a measly tease, but it was something. Matt Kemp is coming back, but exactly how soon? Currently on the 15-day disabled list while he continues to come back from off-season foot and shoulder surgeries, the earliest the star outfielder can be activated is April 4. And Tuesday at the Dodgers' workout at Dodger Stadium, Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp could be activated on that Friday when the Giants come to town for the Dodgers' home...
February 24, 2012 |
Matt Kemp said he was pleased to hear Ryan Braun was successful in appealing his positive drug test from last year. “I was happy that he was not found guilty,” Kemp said. “I know he's been going through a lot. Now, he and the Brewers can concentrate on just playing baseball, going about their business.” Kemp finished second in MVP voting last season to the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, who avoided a 50-game suspension. “I didn't vote for who was supposed to get MVP,” Kemp said.
July 2, 2012 |
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.