Matt Kemp inches closer to return.

Matt Kemp did not have a “setback” in his recovery from a strained hamstring, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly clarified Monday.

Yes, Kemp experienced some pain in the hamstring Sunday, but he did so while running harder than he has to this point in his rehab. An MRI Monday revealed no further damage and Mattingly said that Kemp is only getting closer to returning.

“He’ll be with us the next few days here,” Mattingly said, “then we make a decision on where he goes from there. Pretty much yesterday was a really good day. As they really started pushing it to the red line, he felt a little something. That tells us we were really close with him, it’s just going to take another couple of days.”

Though Kemp is eligible to return from the disabled list Friday, Mattingly said “he’s not going to make that, I don’t think.”

Kemp will need a rehab stint of some length, somewhere, when the Dodgers embark on a road trip Thursday to Pittsburgh and New York.

Kemp, who went on the disabled list May 30, is batting .251 with two home runs in 51 games this season.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.