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Dodgers Matt Kemp has been activated from Disabled List

  • David Whitlock

As the Los Angeles Dodgers coast to their first National League West title since 2009, they may be getting a key weapon back just in time for the playoffs.  According to Los Angeles beat writers Dylan Hernandez (Los Angeles Times) and Bill Plunkett (Orange County Register), the Dodgers have activated two-time All-Star Matt Kemp from the Disabled List.

Conflicting reports had been coming out of the Dodgers clubhouse, with manager Don Mattingly shooing away the media by saying Kemp’s presence in the clubhouse did not mean he had been activated.  Au Contrare, just a red herring, as their 28-year-old slugger was indeed activated before Monday Night’s Game.

Matt Kemp needs to regain timing and power to be a postseason force

Matt Kemp needs to regain timing and power to be a postseason force

Kemp has only played in one game since July 5, and didn’t hit for much power when healthy, with only 5 HR in 200+ AB.  All of that is water under the bridge if he can regain any sort of form for the postseason (Dodgers hold a 10.5 game lead and a magic number that should evaporate by Thursday).  The (good) issue to have is that they already have two All-Star caliber outfielders in Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford, with Andre Ethier, a clubhouse leader, second on the team in at bats.  Puig has also been slowed by injuries, so a rotation might be in order, or else, Ethier will probably be the odd man out.

For the short term, Kemp is likely to pinch hit and not run the bases, but these at bats down the stretch may be critical for him to regain some timing and be a key player in October.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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