Dodgers Matt Kemp not sure he will be ready for opening day

  • David Whitlock

The Los Angeles Dodgers have spend the past two years spending and dealing freely and stocking up on veteran talent.  After reaching the NLCS in 2013 largely without their Superstar CF (and 2011 MVP runner-up) Matt Kemp, reports are that they might have to be a little more patient before he can contribute on a full-time basis.  Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times spoke to the two-time All-Star on Saturday and Kemp isn’t so sure he’ll be ready to go when the Dodgers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22-23:

“If I’m ready to play, I’ll play. If not, I’m not going to play. I don’t want to come back at 80% and get hurt again. I want to be 100% the whole year and give everybody what I can give them with a full year of me being healthy.”

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The Dodgers need Kemp off crutches and back to full speed
Credit: AP Photo/Los Angeles Daily News, Michael Baker

Kemp is recovering from both ankle and shoulder surgeries, the ankle seems to be the more limiting factor, having suffered the injury during the 2013 regular season’s final weekend.  Either way, it’s limited his offseason regimen and at least has set him back on conditioning.  Plus Kemp would probably like as many hacks in Spring Training as possible to get his timing and rhythm back.  But, as he said, health is the main thing.  The Dodgers are wise to bring him back slowly and make sure he’s recovered, rather than rush him back and have another setback.  Not to mention their $128M salary investment over the next six years.

– David Whitlock

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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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