Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has missed the last 23 games with a hamstring injury. The good news is he began his rehab assignment over the weekend and is inching closer to a return.
Kemp went 1-for-3 with a double in six innings Sunday night with Triple-A Albuquerque. It was certainly an improvement from his performance on Saturday in which he struck out four times. I have to imagine his teammates could forgive him considering it was his first time stepping up to the plate in over three weeks.
The 28-year-old will make a couple more appearances in Triple-A before hopefully being activated off the disabled list at some point this week. The Dodgers are confident Kemp will rejoin the team before the week is over, but that is assuming he does not suffer any setbacks while suiting up for Albuquerque.
Kemp has struggled this season compared to recent years. In fact, he had recorded only two hits in his last 26 at-bats prior to going on the disabled list. His .251 batting average, two home runs and 17 RBI in 191 at-bats to begin the year is not exactly what Los Angeles hand in mind after two back-to-back stellar seasons from the eight-year player. However, his 10 doubles and seven stolen bases did have him on a good pace for the season prior to missing a good chunk of starts.
The Dodgers as a team are having a year to forget, which is disappointing considering they have the highest payroll in the big leagues. Hopefully, Kemp’s return to the lineup will spark the offense.