Matt Kemp is back in the lineup and batting fourth.

Matt Kemp was penciled into the cleanup spot in the Dodgers’ lineup for the first time this season, and it appears his collision into the center-field wall in Colorado will only keep him out of the lineup for two games.

“It’s as good as it’s going to get,” he said of his knee, which was still swollen Thursday and rendered him unavailable for the Dodgers’ 2-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Kemp downplayed the severity of the pain in his left shoulder, but manager Don Mattingly said that the center fielder might still miss the game if the shoulder tightens up after batting practice.

In his career, Kemp is a better hitter out of the three hole, but he has more experience batting fourth (203 games) than third (185). He’s batting .289/.354/.521 as a cleanup hitter and .337/.392/.568 third.

“I batted fourth all last year,” Kemp said. “I know how to do it.”

Mattingly said that he wanted to separate left-handed hitters Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier. Gonzalez is hitting third, Kemp fourth, Hanley Ramirez fifth and Ethier sixth. “Matt didn’t care either way, Adrian didn’t care either way,” Mattingly said.

Jaime Jarrin returns, 3-upping Vin Scully.

The Dodgers announced that veteran Spanish-language radio broadcaster Jaime Jarrin will return for his 55th season on a 3-year contract that takes him through 2015.

Jarrin will brodacast “most” of the Dodgers’ regular season games, plus eight spring training games and any playoff games, on KTNQ (1020-AM).

“I am honored to extend my career during such a thrilling time in Dodger history and under new ownership that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Latinos in Los Angeles and in revitalizing the Dodgers throughout Latin America,” Jarrn said in a statement released by the team. “I am confident this leadership can bring a championship back to Los Angeles and I am happy to be a part of it.”

Jarrin is scheduled to talk to the media at 5:30 today. Someone might be tempted to ask why Vin Scully couldn’t be talked into signing a three-year deal too; Scully announced last week that he will return, but only for the 2013 season.

Jarrn began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1959 with the Dodgers, the same year the club won its first World Series in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. Jarrn became just the second Spanish-language announcer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The Ecuadorian native will turn 77 in December.
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