It was a tale of two seasons for Matt Kemp in 2016. The San Diego version hit a surprising number of home runs, but an abysmal May (.186/.189/.333) hurt his overall numbers. He went into the break with a .254/.275/.448 line and two weeks later was sent packing to Atlanta. The move east saw him improve his approach at the plate and hit .287/.339/.567 for the rest of the season. The running game is completely gone, as he only attempted one steal all season. He also has this odd Saberhagen-metrics thing going on where he has a strong slugging season followed by a very weak one, dating back to 2012. He remains a free-swinging player who doesn't walk much, strikes out quite a bit, but hits for a lot of pop in even years. Despite the fact that this is an odd year, most projection systems will still peg him as a solid bet for 25 homers and decent contributions in runs and RBI.
Kemp went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI during Sunday's loss to Philadelphia. The veteran sported a 1-for-13 stretch following his return from a hamstring injury that cost him 10 games, so Sunday's round tripper was a welcomed blast. Kemp turned in a sneaky productive 2016 stat line with 89 runs, 35 home runs, 108 RBI and a .268/.304/.499 slash line. Even with modest decline expected, he still provides plenty of fantasy value.
Kemp went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Nationals. Facing a locked-in Stephen Strasburg is a tough assignment at the best of times, but Kemp had the additional handicap of 10 days of rust to overcome after being activated from the DL. He'll try to find his early-season form this weekend as the Braves begin a series in Philadelphia on Friday.
Kemp (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list and will resume his place in left field for Thursday's contest with the Nationals. As anticipated, the veteran outfielder will get back in action after being sidelined with a strained hamstring since April 8. Kemp will look to carry his hot start at the plate prior to his injury (1.654 OPS, six extra-base hits) moving forward as he re-enters the lineup as the cleanup hitter. To make room for him on the roster, Johan Camargo was sent back to Triple-A.
Kemp (hamstring) played in a minor-league rehab game Wednesday and is expected to be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the Braves' lineup Thursday against the Nationals, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports. Kemp has been sidelined with a hamstring strain since April 8, but after playing seven innings with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, the veteran slugger is ready to return to the majors. His return will be a welcomed sight for the Braves, as the 32-year-old was hitting .500 with two homers and four RBI over his first 17 plate appearances to begin the season.
Kemp (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. There seemed to be a lot of confidence in Braves camp that their everyday left fielder would be able to return from the DL on Wednesday, but it seems like they'd prefer to take the cautious route with his recovery given how early it is in the season. The plan seems to be that Wednesday will be the only rehab game Kemp plays, so look for him to be activated in advance of Thursday's contest.
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