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.
Rafael Betancourt felt something in his right elbow and left the game as the Rockies lost 5-4 to the Phillies on Thursday night. The Rockies announced after the game that Betancourt has a sprained right elbow and he will have an MRI on Monday. Betancourt left with two outs and the game tied at 4 in the ninth after he gave up a game-tying infield single by Michael Young. Betancourt blew his second save in as many nights. Rex Brothers will once again take over as the Rockies closer. Brothers has just one blown save on the year, and it came in the seventh inning of a game in May. During Betancourt's previous absence from July to just a few days ago, Brothers was a perfect seven-for-seven in save opportunities. He has 11 saves and a 1.51 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings thus far this season. Fantasy owners should go after Brothers if he is avaliable in your league.