(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have been struggling to generate much offense over the past month, but help is on the horizon. Outfielder Matt Kemp is set to begin his rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga tonight and could return to the team after the All-Star break.
Kemp will DH tonight and will play regularly with the club. If all goes well, he will participate in the NL Home Run Derby and return to the big league lineup on July 13. He has been out of action since May 30 when he re-aggravated his left hamstring against the Milwaukee Brewers.
“He’s pretty much going to play the rest of the way through the break,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday. “There will be some designed days in there, kind of easy days. He’s DH’ing tomorrow and then he’s playing five innings the next day and then there’s another DH day in there. There are days in there designed to keep him playing but to keep him from being on his leg every day.”
Before getting hurt, Kemp was off to a torrid start to the season. In 36 games played this season, Kemp batted .355 with 12 home runs and 28 RBIs.
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Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com Columnist