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Matt Kemp eyes rehab assignment

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Matt Kemp's ankle is pain-free, he told reporters Sunday.
Matt Kemp's ankle is pain-free, he told reporters Sunday. (USATSI)

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The imposing Dodgers offense will soon get yet another boost. Matt Kemp's ankle -- the one that landed him on the disabled list -- is now pain-free and he's possibly beginning a minor-league rehab stint this coming week, he told reporters (Dylan Hernandez) Sunday.

Kemp has been out since spraining his ankle July 21.

On the season, Kemp's numbers don't look good. He's hitting .263/.319/.382 with 12 doubles, five homers and 27 RBI in 62 games. Keep in mind, however, that Kemp had offseason shoulder surgery and was likely bothered by it though the early-going this season, considering that same shoulder caused him to be on the DL through most of June.

After returning from the aforementioned DL stint, Kemp hit .324/.390/.622 with three homers and 10 RBI in 11 games. So it's entirely possible he was returning to 2011-2012 form, when he was one of baseball's best players and should have won the 2011 NL MVP.

Kemp, 28, averaged 159 games played per season from 2008-11, but he's been on the disabled list four times in the past two seasons.

As far as the minor-league rehab stint, Kemp better hurry. Minor league seasons end pretty soon. The Albuquerque Isotopes' -- the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate -- last game is September 2, for example.

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