The Dodgers road winning streak might’ve ended last night, but the team is still 32-8 in their last 40 games. Without Matt Kemp in the lineup for significant portions of the season, it’s incredible the team is in first place.
Kemp battled hamstring and shoulder injuries before his latest ankle injury suffered in Washington agains the Nationals as he and Don Mattingly didn’t believe the injury was serious.
However, he’s expected to come back sometime in September and Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register he made a positive step forward:
Yesterday was big to me because he was able to bounce back and didn’t go backwards. So he’s moving. I’m not sure how far that’s gotten us down the road. But at least, that hasn’t gone backward.
Kemp’s been relegated to wearing a walking boot, but finally played catch and hit off a tee yesterday in St. Louis. The star center fielder is hitting just .263 with five home runs as Yasiel Puig has helped spark the Dodgers offense.
While the team waits for Hanley Ramirez to get back into the lineup, at least Kemp is taking positive steps forward, rather than rushing back and landing on the DL yet again.
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