Matt Kemp To Begin Rehab Soon

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Matt Kemp is finally making some progress from a sprained left ankle. When he suffered the injury, both Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and Kemp said he would be back in a couple of days. Then Kemp was placed on the disabled list and reports were that he would be ready to go once he was first eligible. Now, we are finding out that Kemp is finally making progress and feels no pain according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Hernandez reported Sunday that Kemp is telling the Dodgers’ training staff that he is “pain-free” and expects to begin a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week. Kemp has been doing a cardio work since the Dodgers were in St. Louis on August 8 and he jogged in the outfield during the team’s pregame activities all last week. Kemp should be back in the Los Angeles starting lineup within the next 7-10 days. This ankle injury has provided Kemp the time to rest his left shoulder, which may allow him to rediscover his power stroke down the stretch.Kemp was batting just .263 with five homers, 27 RBI and nine stolen bases in 62 games before suffering the ankle sprain. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Jake Peavy threw a complete game in his fifth start for the Red Sox on Sunday night against the Dodgers. Peavy gave up just one run  and three hits, one walk, and five strikeouts. Peavy will face the White Sox in his next start.
  • Roy Halladay gave up just two runs over six innings in a victory against the Diamondbacks. It was good to see Halladay return to the mound and have some success. It will be interesting to watch his progression in September. The Phillies have a big decision to make in the offseason on whether to keep Halladay.
  • Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in a victory over the Mets on Sunday. Cabrera's belted his 42nd home run in the first inning off Dillon Gee and he is quietly catching up to Chris Davis in home runs. Davis has 46 homers and has recently slowed down.
  • Ryan Vogelsong threw eight scoreless innings in Sunday's Giants win over the Pirates. He gave up just hits and was in control from the first pitch against his former team. This is Vogelsong's first victory since he returned from the disabled list
  • Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and two RBI in Sunday’s victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Cano is batting .371 with three homers and 14 RBI in August.
  • Travis d’Arnaud hit his first career major league homer Sunday against the Tigers. He is batting just .111 in 18 at-bats in seven games, but he is worth owning in NL-Only leagues as he will get the bulk of the playing time this year.
  • Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Red Sox victory over the Dodgers on Sunday night. Napoli hit a ground-rule double to score the first run of the game and then added a two-run shot off Brandon League in the ninth inning.
  • Troy Tulowitzki (oblique) is day-to-day with a strained oblique muscle. It does not seem that this is a serious injury and could be back in the Rockies lineup soon. A trip to the disabled list does not seem to be a consideration at this time.
  • Carlos Gonzalez (finger) could be cleared to take batting practice sometime this week. He should be activated during the Rockies 9-game home stand.