Don Mattingly says that Matt Kemp has no schedule for resuming full baseball activities.

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp sprained his left ankle on July 21, 2013. He had surgery in October and hasn’t been cleared to run since. (Associated Press photo)

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked Thursday to outline Matt Kemp‘s timetable for recovery from surgery on his left ankle last October. It’s one of the most burning questions in camp: When will Kemp, who hasn’t been cleared to run since the surgery, be able to resume full baseball activities?

“There’s really no true schedule, I think, with Matt other than when the ankle’s healed he gets to do more,” Mattingly said. “He’s able to hit. He’s hitting off the tee. He’s going to be able to do a lot of things. But included in those things is not going to be running outside. That’s a pretty important part of what he does. Until that ankle lets us know that he can move forward, you can’t really do a whole lot different.”

Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire has been pleased with Kemp’s swings in the batting cage, Mattingly said. Kemp has been able to lift weights normally with his upper body, something he wasn’t able to do all last year while he dealt with a surgically repaired left shoulder. There is some optimism early in camp that Kemp’s power could return to its 2009-12 levels, when he averaged 29 home runs a season.

But, Mattingly said, “until the doctors tell us that (Kemp’s ankle) is totally healed, we don’t really have a schedule for him.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the 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.