Matt KempLos Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp had arguably the toughest season of his career in 2013, playing in only 73 games due to ankle, shoulder and hamstring injuries.

The 29-year-old outfielder returned in September after injuring his ankle against the Washington Nationals July 21, looking more and more like his old self. However, to the surprise of everyone, Kemp was shutdown for the season after the final game of the regular season and this off-season underwent ankle and shoulder surgeries. Talking to AM 570 Radio via J.P. Hoonstra of the LA Daily News, Kemp said he’s making progress:

Kemp was given a clean bill of health by Dodgers president Stan Kasten, but his agent Dave Stewart said it’s unlikely he plays when the Dodgers open the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia, March 22-23.

As it stands right now the Dodgers have high-priced outfielders that would start on almost every major league team, but Kemp reiterated that he’s an everyday player and won’t rush back from his latest injury. It’s been a busy off-season for Kemp as his name has been through a significant amount of trade rumors while his personal life was in the spotlight after rumors he’s dating reality star Khloe Kardashian.

Regardless, Dodger fans have played the “what-if” game all off-season long after Kemp returned and looked closer to his 2011 self. In 11 games in September, Kemp hit .314 with one home run and six RBI, but was also making loud outs. The jury is still out on if the Dodgers will keep all four outfielders, but a big 2014 from the two-time All-Star would make it less likely that he gets traded.

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