Kemp originally hurt himself July 21 against the Nationals and as he was rehabbing his ankle, he was shut down with a tight left hamstring after moving his rehab to the spring training facility at Camelback Ranch.
David Vassegh of AM570 Radio first reported that Kemp will be activated tonight and is available to pinch hit:
Kemp will be activated tonight available to pinch hit #dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) September 16, 2013
As was the case earlier in season, the Dodgers are getting hit hard with injuries as Hanley Ramirez, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig are all dealing with minor injuries.
Incredibly enough, Kemp could be the healthiest outfielders, but Puig is back in the lineup tonight after pinch hitting yesterday afternoon against the Giants. While he’s dealt with significant injuries this season, Kemp looked good in his one game against the Nationals back in July.
His recovery has been slowed by his inability to feel comfortable at the plate as he went hitless in five games at Class A Rancho Cucamonga, which led to him playing in several simulated games in Arizona.
General manager Ned Colletti and Stan Kasten have always maintained that having four outfielders wouldn’t be a problem and it looks like Kemp should see regular playing time towards the end of the season. While he’s had a down year production-wise, Kemp’s addition to the lineup will make the Dodgers deeper and more potent as he looks to get his timing down before the playoffs start.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Hanley Ramirez’s hamstring injury.