After being sidelined since late July with a severely sprained ankle, Matt Kemp was activated before tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but won’t be in the starting lineup.

According to David Vassegh of AM 570 Radio, Kemp will be available to pinch hit tonight:

Kemp will be activated tonight available to pinch hit #dodgers

— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) September 16, 2013

The last time Kemp played for the Dodgers was on July 21 in a win against the Washington Nationals, but he suffered an ankle sprain as he was sliding into home plate. Kemp’s recovery from the ankle injury was delayed after he experienced tightness in his right hamstring while he was trying to rehab his ankle at Camelback Ranch.

The Dodgers will welcome Kemp back with open arms as Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig are all battling injuries. A healthy Kemp could be just what they need to build some momentum heading into the playoffs. Despite their incredible stretch, that saw them go 54-13, the Dodgers offense has been flat, something Kemp could fix.

Dodgers Nation News:

Dodgers-DBacks Preview: Magic Number At Four As Matt Kemp Returns

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Dodgers Nation Week in Review September 8-15: Injuries Piling Up

Dodgers News: Matt Kemp Activated From DL, Available To Pinch Hit  

Series Recap: Injuries Plague Dodgers As Ginats Take 3 Of 4

Dodgers News:

Dodgers try to snap skid  vs. D-Backs [ESPN LA]

Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks pitching matchups [True Blue LA]

The return of Matt Kemp? [Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness]

Has Edinson Volquez put himself into Dodgers’ playoff plans? [LA Times]

Now Dodgers focused on clinching NL West title against Diamondbacks [LA Times]

MLB News:

These Royals just won’t give up [Baseball Nation]

King Felix not ready to return to M’s [ESPN]

The Roberto Clemente Award nominees have been announced [Hardball Talk]

Pulse: Stage set up for wild finishes [MLB.com]

Mets’ Harvey gets Dr. Andrews’ opinion [MLB on Yahoo]

 

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