Report: Dodgers' Matt Kemp won't be activated on Monday

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Matt Kemp still isn't ready to rejoin the first-place Dodgers. (USATSI)
Matt Kemp still isn't ready to rejoin the first-place Dodgers. (USATSI)

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Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (ankle) is presently on a minor-league rehab assignment, and it was initially believed that the team would be able to activate him on Monday. However, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kemp will not be joining the Dodgers at the start of next week. As Shaikin notes, Kemp on his rehab assignment for High-A Rancho Cucamonga is 0-for-11 with five strikeouts and only one ball hit out of the infield. He hasn't seen action for the Dodgers since July 21.

As for what's next, Tony Jackson writes that Kemp could remain with Rancho should they make the playoffs; join Low-A Great Lakes, which has qualified for the Midwest League playoffs; or perhaps head to Arizona for some instructional-league action. Whatever the case, his next stop won't be Chavez Ravine.

On the season, Kemp, age 28, has batted a disappointing .263/.319/.382 with five home runs in 62 games for the Dodgers. Those numbers are of course far shy of Kemp's established level of performance, as he was a deserving All-Star in 2012 and runner-up for the NL MVP award in 2011.

As productive as Kemp is when healthy, the Dodgers aren't desperate for him, what with Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier all presently on the active roster.

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