Matt Kemp Set to Start Rehab Assigment

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Matt Kemp will start a rehab assignment tonight with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Tonight's game will be the first game action Kemp has seen since sustaining an ankle injury on July 21. Kemp will be the designated hitter in tonight's game before playing the field in the next couple rehab games. He'll play a minimum of three games but could be back with the Dodgers by early next week. There have been questions surrounding the Dodgers as to where Kemp will play once he does return from the disabled list. Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and Yasiel Puig have been getting everyday at-bats since Kemp has been out. But even with the Dodgers playing well, it's hard to imagine Kemp sitting on the bench if he's healthy and ready to play. It's been a tough season for him, but he's just as capable as anyone of putting up strong offensive numbers in September. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Taijuan Walker will be called up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his major league debut for the Mariners on Friday. Walker, the #4 prospect rated by MLB.com, is the #1 rated prospect in the Mariner's system. Walker has a 2.93 ERA with 160 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this year. Fantasy owners need to run to the waiver wire and pick up Walker if you need to strengthen your rotation heading into the final weeks of the season. He will be alot of fun to watch before he most likely gets shut down by the Mariners.
  • Jay Bruce went 2-for-5 with five RBI and his 26th homer of the season in Wednesday's win over the Cardinals. Bruce did all his damage against Adam Wainwright in the first two innings on Wednesday night. Bruce is one of the most streaky hitters, so this could be the beginning of another homer binge.
  • Clay Buchholz (shoulder) is preparing for a rehab start on Friday at Triple-A Pawtucket. He remains on track to rejoin the Red Sox starting rotation on September 10.
  • Robinson Cano (hand) is planning to return to the Yankees lineup on Friday. Cano sat out of Wednesday night against the Blue Jays after getting hit on the left hand by a J.A. Happ pitch on Tuesday night.
  • Cole Hamels allowed two runs in seven innings in the Phillies 6-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday. Hamels worked around nine hits and a walk as he did rack up eight strikeouts and wiggle out of trouble. Hamels now has quality starts in each of his past seven starts, but he's just 2-1 over that stretch.
  • Danny Duffy threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and racked up seven strikeouts in Wednesday's victory over the Twins. Duffy was in complete control and scattered just five hits and didn’t issue a walk in this game.
  • Marlon Byrd went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in the Pirates 7-1 win over the Brewers on Wednesday. Byrd now has 22 homers and 74 RBI for the year and should continue to produce for the Bucs.
  • Josh Willingham was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. The Twins and the O's now have  a couple days to agree to a trade for Willingham. It will be interesting to see what the Twins asking price is for him.
  • Starling Marte (finger) took some swings in the team's indoor batting cage Wednesday, according to ROOT Sports in Pittsburgh. wasn't expected to even swing a bat for two weeks, so the news is encouraging. It had been reported  that Marte would miss the rest of the regular season, but now that may not be the case.
  • Edison Volquez was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Chris Capuano has been bad, but Volquez has been worse, so your guess is as good as mine as to why the Dodgers would sign him. Not only did they sign Volquez, but it's a major league contract that will pay him the major league minimum. He was released by the Padres on Tuesday after posting a brutal 6.01 ERA.