Matt Kemp CF LAD 2 Days
Matt Kemp (ankle) ran straight-line sprints at half speed and did agility drills Wednesday.
Despite the progress, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hesitated to put a timetable on Kemp's rehab. "Part of the plan is not to have a timetable, as far as throwing a date out there, so you guys (the media) can say 'April 1,'" Mattingly said. "Then we get to April 1 and he's not quite ready so now he's off schedule. If something happened he had 'a setback.' The more he does, the more he steps forward, continues to do more without having setbacks, the more he continues to do and that tells us where we're at." Kemp has slowly but steadily been working his way back from October ankle surgery. The outfielder won't be on the field in Australia, barring a miraculous recovery, but he's still got a shot for Opening Day.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 7 Days
Matt Kemp has been cleared to do more baseball drills, and perhaps begin running, after receiving favorable MRI results on Saturday.
It's good news for the Dodgers, and the promising news that they were hoping from Kemp's MRI results. He still isn't expected to be ready for the team's opening series against the Diamondbacks in Australia, but he could be in the lineup for the Sunday night opener stateside.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 8 Days
Results from an MRI on Matt Kemp's surgically-repaired left ankle have been sent to Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Kemp was supposed to have the MRI Friday, but he ended up having it a day early. The Dodgers expect to know more about the outfielder's status sometime over the weekend. The hope is that he can be cleared to do more baseball activities, such as running. Kemp is not expected to be play in Australia on March 22-23, but the hope is that he'll be ready for the "real" Opening Day.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 11 Days
Matt Kemp (ankle) is scheduled to undergo a follow-up MRI exam on Friday.
If the MRI shows proper healing in his surgically-repaired ankle, Kemp could be cleared to do more baseball activities, such as running. It's very unlikely he'll make enough progress to be ready when the Dodgers play the Diamondbacks in Australia from March 22-23, but there's a chance he could be good to go shortly thereafter.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 15 Days
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday that the team is "not hopeful" for having Matt Kemp (ankle) ready for their two games in Australia.
The expectation has been that he'd miss the March 22 and 23 contests given that he's yet to be cleared to run as he works his way back from ankle surgery. The skipper anticipates Kemp undergoing an MRI sometime next week to see if he can begin running. Kemp could still have time to get ready for the "real" Opening Day as long as he progress well from here on out.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 16 Days
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he still doesn't have a timetable for Matt Kemp in his return from ankle surgery.
"I wish I could give you a timetable but I don't know it," Mattingly said. "I read the reports of him doing a little bit more, a higher speed on the ultra-g (treadmill). But as far as getting out here and running, what's the date? I don't have that. That's kind of depending on what the doctors say." Kemp has had MRIs and scans about once a month to monitor the ankle, with the next one due in a few weeks. At this point, it's hard to envision Kemp being ready for the team's opener in Australia.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 27 Days
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly reiterated Saturday that outfielder Matt Kemp (ankle, shoulder) is unlikely to be ready for the team's opening series against the Diamondbacks in Australia.
He wouldn't go as far to rule him out, but it would be very surprising if he were to be ready in time. The team continues to proceed cautiously in Kemp's rehab, as they have a dearth of quality options in the outfield and don't want to rush him and risk re-injury. Fantasy owners considering pulling the trigger on Kemp need to continue to monitor his status as draft day approaches.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 1 Month
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti indicated Saturday that the team is remaining cautious with Matt Kemp's (ankle, shoulder) rehab.
It already looks unlikely that Kemp will be ready for the Dodgers season opener in Australia on March 22, but the team doesn't want to push him too hard and risk re-injury. To this point, he's been limited to light jogging on an anti-gravity treadmill, and it has yet to be determined when he'll be able to run at full speed. Owners who are considering selecting Kemp in drafts this year should continue to monitor his status this spring.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 2 Months
Matt Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart, said Tuesday that his client is unlikely to be ready for the season opener against the Diamondbacks on March 22 in Australia.
Kemp underwent shoulder and ankle surgeries in October and is currently running and swinging at about 60 percent and "getting close" to feeling like himself. Stewart believes that the 29-year-old would be ready if the season started on April 1, but it sounds like the Dodgers will have to get by without him for the opening series at the very least. Fantasy owners should monitor his status carefully in the spring.
Matt Kemp CF LAD 2 Months
Matt Kemp (ankle) has begun hitting and is expected to be ready for spring training.
"We're going to take it as deliberately as possible and as cautious as possible," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "We expect him to be playing by the time we're in the midst of spring training, and he should have a chance to play a lot." Kemp had ankle surgery earlier in the offseason and has been out of a walking boot for more than three weeks. The outfielder also had surgery on his left shoulder in October.