Matt Kemp CF LAD 10 Days

Matt Kemp launched a pair of homers off Main Cain on Sunday, powering the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

Playing in just his third game of the season, the oft-injured outfielder seems to have found his power stroke. His solo shot in the second inning got the Dodgers on the board, while his two-run blast in the fourth increased their advantage to 4-0 and proved to be the difference in the game. He still has massive upside and could deliver tremendous returns on his draft day cost provided that he can find a way to remain on the field.

Matt Kemp CF LAD 13 Days

Dodgers activated OF Matt Kemp from the 15-day disabled list.

However, he's not starting Friday, as manager Don Mattingly said he "wanted to get Matt back in the mix but not throw him into the fire." Kemp is expecting to make his first start on Saturday. While Kemp feels healthy following ankle and shoulder surgeries, but the club plans to ease him back into the lineup.

Matt Kemp CF LAD 15 Days

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated Tuesday that Matt Kemp (ankle) will be eased into action once he's activated from the disabled list.

Kemp is eligible for activation Friday and it's expected that he'll join the team at that time, as Mattingly said the outfielder "feels he's ready" physically and the skipper doesn't think a rehab assignment will benefit him. The Dodgers have four starting-worthy outfielders, so they can afford to bring Kemp along slowly. "We definitely have to be patient with him," Mattingly said. "He's not going to play in 10 straight games."

Matt Kemp CF LAD 16 Days

Matt Kemp (ankle) could join the Dodgers on Friday.

That's what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters Tuesday afternoon. Kemp is currently on the 15-day disabled list, but the stint was backdated and Friday is the first day that he's eligible to be activated.

Matt Kemp CF LAD 19 Days

Matt Kemp (ankle) said he's 100 percent and ready to be activated.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hinted earlier in the week that Kemp might be close, and the outfielder concurs. Kemp is already on the 15-day disabled list, but the retroactive designation means he'll be eligible to come off on April 4 at the earliest. That means Kemp could miss just the first week of the season, a best-case scenario given how his spring went.

Matt Kemp CF LAD 23 Days

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Matt Kemp (ankle) being activated next week is a possibility.

Kemp, who is working his way back from ankle surgery. is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 4 and Mattingly hasn't ruled out the possibility that he'll be ready by then. Of course, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if he needs a few more days. The 29-year-old is a huge risk, but he could pay off big for fantasy owners who take the gamble.

Matt Kemp CF LAD 27 Days

Matt Kemp (ankle) played an entire minor league game Thursday, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Completing the game is great news. The rough offensive output is nothing new for Kemp this spring, but owners shouldn't put too much stock into that. This is a true boom-or-bust fantasy player that will test the risk tolerance of all mixed league owners beginning around the fifth round.

Matt Kemp CF LAD 1 Month

Matt Kemp (ankle) will play in a minor league game on Saturday.

He's already been ruled out for the first few games of the regular season, but if he continues to progress in his recovery he could be an option to return to the lineup in early April. He has massive upside, but also poses considerable risk which makes him a boom-or-bust pick in most fantasy drafts.

Matt Kemp CF LAD 1 Month

Matt Kemp (ankle) played two half-innings in center field Thursday in a minor league intrasquad game.

Kemp also went 0-for-6 at the plate. The 29-year-old played one half-inning in the outfield Wednesday in a minor league game, so he continues to take baby steps as he tests his surgically-repaired ankle. At this point, it's unlikely he'll be ready when the Dodgers return home from Australia, but a return at some point in April appears realistic if he can avoid setbacks.

Matt Kemp CF LAD 1 Month

Matt Kemp (ankle) played an inning of center field Wednesday in a minor league game.

It was his first action in the field this spring and he acknowledged to reporters afterward that it felt "a little weird." Kemp seems likely to make his Cactus League debut by early next week and he should be close to 100 percent when the Dodgers return from their season-opening two-game set against the Diamondbacks in Australia. He's working his way back from October ankle surgery.