|Heading into spring training, Matt Kemp's shoulder isn't yet 100 percent. (Getty Images)|
As Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp tells Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, he's not likely to be fully healthy by spring training. Instead, Kemp, who underwent surgery last October to repair a detached labrum (non-throwing shoulder), hopes to be 100 percent by opening day.
Shaikin notes that teammate Adrian Gonzalez underwent a similar operation during his Boston days. "Adrian said I'll be good by the season," Kemp said. "Everybody is saying something different. Everybody's body heals differently. So hopefully I have that Adrian Gonzalez body, where you heal real fast. I feel really good right now."
Needless to say, the Dodgers -- despite the stratospheric payroll and roll call of big names -- will have a hard time contending in the balanced NL West if Kemp isn't in vintage form. His status moving forward certainly bears monitoring.