Things haven’t gone as well for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp as he’s hitless in eight plate appearances during his rehab with Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
Kemp has been sidelined since July 21 with a severely sprained ankle and while he hasn’t gotten a hit, Don Mattingly didn’t sound too concerned what he saw. However, with September call-ups right around the corner, Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the OC Register what the plan is going forward:
Mattingly said he talked with Matt Kemp about rehab: “He’s just not comfortable baseball-wise yet” Needs more ABs. Will DH tonight/tomorrow
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 31, 2013
With Yasiel Puig, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford manning the outfield and the Dodgers having a 10.5 game lead in the NL West, there really isn’t much reason to rush Kemp.
Hitting .263 on the season with just five home runs and 23 RBIs, Kemp has been saddled with three significant injuries, but the Dodgers haven’t missed a beat without him. Kemp played the outfield last night after being the DH on Thursday, but has looked good running down the line and in the field.
Once Kemp returns, Mattingly will have a tough decision, but hearing that he’s uncomfortable at the plate won’t sit well with many as everyone is eager for him to make his long awaited return.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Yasiel Puig being benched.