This season hasn’t been the greatest for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp as he’s battled multiple injuries, but the news does appear to be good again for the center fielder.
After grabbing his recently surgically repaired left shoulder in San Francisco, Kemp was shut down from swinging a bat, but was seen hitting off starter Ted Lilly at Nationals Park.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Kemp expects to be activated this weekend:
Matt Kemp said he should be able to come off the DL Sunday.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 19, 2013
Kemp came back from a serious hamstring injury as he hit two home runs at Coors Field before going back on the disabled list as the Dodgers finally had their lineup back.
With Kemp on the verge of returning, the Dodgers outfield will be crowded with four players capable of starting everyday and Don Mattingly will have decisions to make.
Given the injury history of Kemp and Carl Crawford, the Ethier trade rumors should subside as the Dodgers hope to finally stay healthy.
Kemp is hitting .254 with just four home runs, but with the Dodgers just 2.5 games back in the standings, it’d be nice to see #27 slotted behind Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez in the lineup.