Matt Kemp WILL start today against the Giants after Yasiel Puig showed up late for batting practice.
Puig is now being benched for being late. Kemp is starting. Never a dull moment with this team.
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 4, 2014
Matt Kemp, the Los Angeles Dodgers two-time All-Star Centerfielder, will return to the team but not to the lineup Friday night against the hated San Francisco Giants. We haven’t seen Kemp since last September when he was shut down before the playoffs when it was discovered that he had had a microfracture in his ankle, and had suffered an articular talar injury to his talus bone.
Six games into the Dodgers 2014 campaign, Kemp and the Dodgers organization say that he is good to go, which means the team now has all of its firepower in the lineup. The only person who’s not ready to throw Kemp into the lineup is Don Mattingly. However, this is the show we’ve been waiting for two years to see. Once Matt Kemp cracks the starting lineup once again the fireworks commence.
Kemp has only played in 179 games over the past two years; however, has been relatively productive when he has been able to play, despite a plethora of very serious injuries. Kemp’s power and speed and clearly declined over the past two seasons and his shoulder, hamstrings, and ankles have been hit with injury after injury.
Do we know what we are going to get from Kemp, who was considered one of the best players in baseball as few as two years ago? Nope. However, based on his production when he has played we should expect Kemp to at least produce at a level that will make him an above league average player. If he puts everything together and finds his 2011 form then we could be looking at another All-Star caliber campaign from “The Bison”.
We can also expect that Kemp is going to have a big game on Friday night against the Giants. In his last two returns from the DL he has gone a combined 7-8 with a Home Run, 3 2B’s, 6 RBI’s and 2 Runs scored. He also shattered his ankle in his first return against the Washington Nationals. Let’s hope he continues the hot streak in comeback games and doesn’t get injured.