Matt Kemp will make his spring training debut on Friday as the Dodgers take on the Padres in a split squad game at Camelback Ranch. Kemp, recovering from shoulder surgery in October, was held out of the first week of games while continuing to rehab. Manager Don Mattingly said on Thursday that he wouldn't put Kemp into a game until he saw how he felt on Friday morning.
Apparently Kemp feels just fine, which suits Mattingly.
"It would be a good day. If Matt could go tomorrow, that would be great," Mattingly said Thursday.
Kemp is the designated hitter for the Dodgers against the Padres, and batting third. It likely won't be long until Kemp will be able to play the field.
"Once (Matt) gets ready to go, he's going to be able to play the field," Mattingly said.
Here are the starting lineups for the Dodgers against the Padres at Camelback Ranch.
Freddy Garcia starts on the mound for San Diego.
Zack Greinke starts that game for the Dodgers, and will be followed by Matt Guerrier, Kevin Gregg, Stephen Fife, and Kelvin De La Cruz. Also listed as available pitchers in that game are Zach Lee, Blake Johnson, and Victor Garate from the minor league side.
The Dodgers play two games on Friday, including one in Tempe against the Angels. Here are the lineups for Tempe:
Hyun-jin Ryu starts in Tempe for the Dodgers, and will be followed by Matt Palmer, Shawn Tolleson, and Paco Rodriguez. Pitchers from the minor league side making the trip are Chris Reed, Sean White, Eric Eadinton, and Geison Aguasviva.
Jered Weaver starts for the Halos.