Matt Kemp will continue his rehab in Arizona, participating in simulated games as he looks to get back the timing he had in the 11 games prior to injuring his ankle.
Matt Kemp struggled mightily on his minor league rehab assignment in five games with Class-A Rancho Cuamonga, but now that the Quakes’ regular season has ended Kemp will not stay in southern California. Kemp will continue his rehab at the Dodgers’ complex at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, the team announced on Tuesday.
Kemp hasn’t played for the Dodgers since July 21, suffering a left ankle sprain in the series finale against the Nationals. In five minor league games with Rancho Cucamonga beginning last Thursday, Kemp was 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts and one walk.
“The results don’t mean much [in minor league rehab assignments]. It’s all about getting ready,” manager Don Mattingly said over the weekend. “We both want him to be ready. I want to make sure he’s feeling good, and is comfortable out there.”
While the results may not matter much, Kemp still needs to get his timing at the plate back, which obviously hasn’t happened yet. Kemp will continue his search for comfort at the plate in Arizona, though it’s not certain just how long until he returns to the Dodgers.
“It’s not quite the same but it’s a little like spring training,” Mattingly said Saturday. “It’s hard to jump in there against 94-95 mph if you haven’t seen it regularly.”
Apparently he hasn’t looked as bad as the results have shown thus far, but you’d like to think a healthy Kemp could hit A-ball pitching.
Chad’s Note: I saw video that Dustin Nosler took of Kemp a few days ago and his timing and footstrike looked way off. This is probably for the best.
Yasiel Puig re-injured his right knee in Monday’s game. The club announced the injury as a strain of Puig’s right knee.
Yasiel Puig was removed from Monday’s game against the Rockies in the sixth inning, after the Dodgers outfielder appeared to have some sort of an issue with his knee. The Dodgers announced that Puig left the game with a mild right knee strain.
The injury may have occurred for Puig while at first on a pickoff attempt by Rockies pitcher Jeff Manship. Replays on the KCAL television broadcast showed Puig appearing to tweak his knee while getting back to the bag.
After the game, manager Don Mattingly said Puig had stiffness in his knee and that the outfielder wouldn’t start on Tuesday, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Puig said the knee has been an ongoing issue but today felt worse, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.
According to Yasiel, the knee has been an issue for a while. He’s day-to-day, and with a big lead the Dodgers can afford to give him more rest down the stretch.
Two weeks worth of minor league injury news to report.
Placed On 7-Day DL: C John Cannon, C Damaso Espino, C Jan Vazquez, 2B Malcolm Holland
Reinstated From DL: C Gorman Erickson, C Damaso Espino
Placed On 7-Day DL: LHP Geison Aguasviva, 3B Elevys Gonzalez, 3B Rusty Ryal
Reinstated From DL: SS Ozzie Martinez, OF Bobby Coyle
Rusty Ryal was soon thereafter dealt to the Angels.