Sunday is not good day for hamstrings at Dodger Stadium. Matt Kemp, in his first day back in Los Angeles after rehabbing for a week at Camelback Ranch in Arizona, suffered a setback while running and will not be ready to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, as originally planned.
"We've hit a little bit of a snag because he felt just a little something today still. We haven't quite made a decision on where he's going next. The running today was to see where he's at," manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday. "That tells us today he's not quite there. Does that mean two days, three days, seven days? I don't know that answer, but I do know he's not 100%. Until we get that, then we'll start thinking about him going out and playing."
Kemp ran and was doing stretching drills with strength and conditioning coach Brandon McDaniel before Sunday's game with the Braves, all with trainer Sue Falsone, director of medical services Stan Conte, and team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Kemp did work in the outfield and on the bases, and appeared to be in a good mood in the clubhouse, hugging teammates upon his return.
"It's always good to have Matt around. It would be really nice if he's out in the field. It's good to see him back," Mattingly said. "He looks good, he's running pretty good. He's not quite there yet, talking to medical. We're still not where we need to be."
The first day Kemp is eligible to return from the disabled list is Friday, when the Dodgers open a three-game series in Pittsburgh. Kemp was going to join Triple-A Albuquerque for minor league rehab games in Round Rock before the weekend series against the Pirates. But after Sunday's setback, Kemp will need to get back to 100% before getting cleared for a rehab assignment.
"I don't think he's going to be ready Friday," Mattingly said.