If Kemp makes the Marlins' 26-man roster, it will likely be in a reserve capacity, Steven Wine of the Associated Press reports. "Matt is in a great spot," manager Don Mattingly said. "He knows where he's at. That's the key for a guy like Matt, where you're not going to be playing six days a week, and understanding that's the role we're looking for."
Kemp suffered a broken rib in April 2019 and missed the final five months of the season. Entering his age-35 season, he settled for an NRI deal with the Marlins, but believes he can still play, citing the fact he was an All-Star in 2018. The expectation is that Corey Dickerson will start in left field with Jonathan Villar starting in center field. That leaves Garrett Cooper, Lewis Brinson, Matt Joyce, Harold Ramirez, Magneuris Sierra and Kemp to battle it out for playing time in right field.
Kemp (ribs) agreed Wednesday with the Marlins on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
In what might be his final attempt to keep his MLB career going, the 35-year-old Kemp will reunite with Don Mattingly, his manager with the Dodgers from 2011 through 2015. After earning a surprise All-Star nod in 2018, Kemp broke camp with the Reds last season but broke his rib in late April and was released soon after. Kemp then landed a minor-league deal with the Mets, playing in only eight games for the organization's Triple-A affiliate before suffering a setback with the ribs and getting released again. Considering Miami's outfielders combined for just 1.2 WAR (29th in the majors) in 2019, the move to the Marlins probably represents one of the best possible landing spots for Kemp.
Kemp (ribs) has been released by the Mets, Gerard Gilberto of Yahoo reports.
Prior to being released, Kemp was on the 7-day injured list due to lingering effects from a broken left rib suffered in April. This might be the end of the road for Kemp, unless he is willing to take another minor-league deal. He may have to prove he is healthy before given that opportunity.
Kemp was placed on the 7-day injured list Tuesday at Triple-A Syracuse after the veteran experienced "lingering effects" from the broken left rib he suffered April 21, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
A member of the Reds at the time he suffered the injury, Kemp was placed on the team's 10-day injured list before being released two weeks later. He latched on with the Mets in late May and was assigned to their Triple-A affiliate, where he had gone 8-for-34 with a home run and three RBI over his first eight games. Kemp apparently returned to action before the rib completely healed, so he'll be sidelined for an indefinite period before returning to action. The setback likely harms Kemp's chances of eventually earning a callup to the big club.
Kemp signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Kemp was cut loose by the Reds after he struggled to produce at the plate through his first 20 games of 2019 (.200/.210/.283 slash line), but New York will take a chance on the veteran outfielder. He suffered a broken rib near the end of April but appears to have returned to health. Kemp will provide organizational depth for the time being, though there's a good chance he'll surface again in the big leagues if he can find his swing or if the injury bug continues to bite the Mets.
Kemp (ribs) was released by the Reds on Saturday.
Kemp hit just .200/.210/.283 in 20 games before landing on the injured list with a broken rib. The Reds will simply let him go rather than wait for him to recover. The fracture may complicate Kemp's ability to sign another contract, at least in the near future.
Kemp (ribs) is expected to remain out for at least a few weeks, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Kemp will require longer than the 10-day minimum to recover from a broken rib, likely opening the door for Phillip Ervin to see more opportunities. Kemp was off to a slow start at the dish in 2019 prior to the injury, hitting .200 with a home run and five RBI over 20 games.
Kemp was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a broken rib, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Kemp was initially diagnosed with a chest well contusion after running into a wall during Sunday's contest, but it's since been revealed that he fractured a rib. It's unclear if he'll be able to return after the 10-day minimum. Phillip Ervin has been recalled from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move.
Kemp was diagnosed with a chest wall contusion after leaving Sunday's game against the Padres in the fourth inning.
Kemp ran into the wall in the third inning and was pulled shortly thereafter. No timetable was given on the injury, but if he misses further action, Jesse Winker and Scott Schebler should benefit with everyday at-bats.
Kemp was removed from Sunday's game against the Padres in the fourth inning and is undergoing tests to his chest area, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Kemp ran into the left field wall in the third inning, trying to catch a ball headed over the fence. He wanted to stay in the game, but manager David Bell determined that Kemp was in too much pain. If Kemp is out, Jesse Winker -- who moved over ffrom center to replace Kemp Sunday -- and Scott Schebler could both get a slight bump in playing time.
Kemp is starting in left field and batting cleanup Monday against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Kemp is one of eight right-handed hitters in the lineup to face Kershaw. He's hitting a paltry .162/.162/.243 so far this season, with 14 strikeouts and no walks, though he did homer last week against the Marlins.
Kemp went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs in a 14-0 victory against the Marlins on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old was the first of three straight batters to hit a home run for the Reds in the sixth Tuesday night. With the blast, Kemp picked up his first homer and RBI with the Reds this season. He is 4-for-27 (.148) with one extra-base hit, three RBI and three runs in nine games.
Kemp will start in left field and will bat third in Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
Kemp will stick in the lineup for the third time in four games and should pick up another start Wednesday while Yasiel Puig finishes up a two-game suspension. Despite receiving steady work as the Reds' fourth outfielder this season, Kemp has yet to get going at the dish. He enters the series opener with two hits and 10 strikeouts over 22 at-bats.
Kemp got his first hit as a Red in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers with a single in the ninth inning.
Unfortunately for Kemp and the Reds, he didn't come around to score, as they were shut out by Freddy Peralta and Alex Wilson. Kemp is just 1-for-12 with five strikeouts in the first five games of the season.
Kemp will start in left field and bat fifth Sunday against the Pirates, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Kemp was slated to draw his first start prior to the postponement Saturday, but he remains in the lineup Sunday. He'll replace Jesse Winker, though Kemp is still expected to appear primarily off the bench unless injuries strike the Reds' outfield.
Kemp will start in left field and hit fifth Saturday against the Pirates, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Kemp will be making his regular-season debut for the Reds after failing to see any use off the bench in Thursday's Opening Day win. He'll check into the lineup for a resting Jesse Winker, though it's still expected that Winker, Scott Schebler and Yasiel Puig will make up the Cincinnati outfield in the majority of games to begin the season. Kemp's path to at-bats will become even more blocked once top prospect Nick Senzel (ankle) gets healthy and earns a callup from Triple-A Louisville.
Kemp hit his second homer of the spring Monday against the Diamondbacks. He's off to a good start this spring, but right now he doesn't have a projected place to play, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "It's a great question, because he's been such a good player for so long," manager David Bell said on Monday. "He's the kind of player that can carry a team. He's that kind of offensive player. He's been on good teams, he's been on great teams. He just brings so much. I don't have the answer to that."
Bell has stated that he wants Yasiel Puig to start in right field and Jesse Winker in left field, with the starting center field job up between Nick Senzel and Scott Schebler. Kemp's best bet is if Senzel begins the year in the minors and that he starts against lefties.
Kemp went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored Thursday against Milwaukee.
Kemp plated a pair in the bottom of the fourth inning on a double to center field. He's had a strong start to camp, collecting three hits, a home run and four RBI in eight at-bats in the early going.
Kemp is unlikely to be part of the Reds' first base picture, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "We hope Joey (Votto) plays every day for the most part, but I think there's going to be some thought to making sure he's strong all the way through," manager David Bell said. "Matt Kemp has never played there. I know we talk about moving positions a lot and try to talk about how possible it is because I believe that, but that's a tough thing. At this point in his career, to have never played the position, that would be a big ask."
Obviously Votto is the everyday starter at first base, but in the event that Votto is injured or needs a day off, it's unlikely that the Reds turn to Kemp. Kemp is going to have a difficult time playing regularly absent an injury, especially if Nick Senzel starts up with the big club on Opening Day.
The Dodgers traded Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood to Cincinnati on Friday in exchange for Homer Bailey, Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
It appears as though Los Angeles is freeing up cap space and room in the outfield, potentially in the hopes of landing Bryce Harper this winter. Kemp will likely split time with Jesse Winker in left field while Puig and Scott Schebler round out the Reds' outfield. During his resurgent 2018 campaign, Kemp slashed .290/.338/.481 with 21 home runs and 85 RBI. Look for him to see a majority of his time in the lineup versus left-handed pitching.
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