The Dodgers are moving on from intrasquad games and will play the Arizona Diamondbacks this Wednesday, February 26th in their first Cactus League game. Although Matt Kemp had a role in drafting one of the squads this weekend and has been swinging in the cages, he still has yet to be cleared to run. According to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Kemp will undergo an MRI on his left ankle this Friday. Don Mattingly recently said there wasn’t a timetable for Kemp to start running and that the team isn’t hopeful that Kemp will be ready for the Opening Series in Australia. However, the MRI is not a setback and he has been receiving them once a month to track his recovery. So, the Matt Kemp return saga continues.
In MLB news, a new home plate collision rule that should reduce the number of collisions at home plate will be put into effect now in all Spring Training games. Many catchers, including A.J. Ellis, aren’t excited about the new rule. He believes it strips catchers of making a game-changing play. Catchers, however, will still be allowed to block the plate as long as they’re in possession of the ball. With the installation of replay in season games, the umpire crew will be able to review potential violations of rule.
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