Matt Kemp was penciled into the Dodgers’ lineup, set to play center field Tuesday for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list because of a strained right hamstring on May 30.Kemp sat out 24 games, including Monday’s 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers, last in the NL West, were 11-13 in his absence.
“We don’t need Matt Kemp coming back as a rehab player,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We need him to be Matt Kemp.”
The Dodgers planned to make sure they made it through batting practice before officially activating Kemp from the 15-day disabled list.
Said Kemp: “Feel real good. Glad to be back on a baseball field and play some baseball. I feel good. I wouldn’t be playing if my hamstring didn’t feel good. My legs feel good. Shoulder feels good. Everything feels good. It’s a good day to play baseball. I’m in the lineup today. I’m ready to play. We’re playing the Giants today. Excited about that. Excited to get back on the field and play with my teammates and help them win as many games as I can.”