The Dodgers got some good news on Friday, as center fielder Matt Kemp is back in the starting lineup against the Diamondbacks after missing two games with a right knee contusion. Kenley Jansen also threw a bullpen session Friday, though more news will come Tuesday.
Jansen was put on blood thinners, which means the first day he would be able to pitch is next Friday, when the Dodgers are in San Francisco. But before that even happens, Jansen must be cleared by team doctors, with whom he will meet on Tuesday.
"We don't know what's going to happen with Kenley on Tuesday. They could tell us he could get ready to pitch, or that he's no longer available," said manager Don Mattingly. "He can do everything pretty much that everyone else can do, but he can't do it while they're out there. He can't risk the chance of getting hit by a ball."
Active roster limits expand on Saturday from 25 to 40, and the Dodgers will add players in stages. Mattingly said catcher Tim Federowicz and relief pitcher Javy Guerra would likely be recalled Saturday, with a few more players on their way after Triple A Albuquerque concludes its season.
The Isotopes end their regular season Monday, but with playoffs looming will likely have some more games ahead. Dee Gordon, who is eligible to return as early as Monday, will stay with Albuquerque until their season ends so he can play every day.
"We'll probably let him keep playing. He really hasn't swung the bat well yet, so we're going to let him play as long as he can."
Mattingly also said that outfielders Tony Gwynn Jr. and Bobby Abreu are still being discussed as possible September additions as well. Both are not on the 40-man roster, and would require a corresponding roster move, as will the activation of Gordon, who is on the 60-day disabled list.
Jaime Jarrin Signs Through 2015
The Dodgers have re-signed yet another Hall of Fame broadcaster, as Jaime Jarrin has signed a three-year contract extension, through 2015. Jarrin has called Dodgers games since 1959.
"To do what I love is fantastic, really fantastic," Jarrin said.
Jarrin will broadcast "most" of the Dodgers' 162-game regular season, plus eight spring training games and any postseason games on Univision America KTNQ 1020 AM for the next three seasons.
After 77 starts batting third this season, Kemp has been moved to the cleanup spot, with the left-handed Adrian Gonzalez batting third.
"It was really to split Adrian and Andre Ethier apart. We felt it was the best for our lineup," Mattingly said. "Matt didn't care either way, Adrian didn't care either way."
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