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Matt Kemp returns to starting lineup for Dodgers

Kemp, in his first game of the spring, is batting third as the designated hitter against the Padres at Camelback Ranch.


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.


Cabrera SS
Denorfia RF
Headley 3B
Alonso 1B
Gyorko 2B
Buck LF
Maybin CF
Hundley C
Galvez DH

Freddy Garcia starts on the mound for San Diego.


Ramirez SS
Punto 3B
Kemp DH
Gonzalez 1B
Hairston RF
Ellis 2B
Ellis C
Amezaga CF
Castellanos LF

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:


Gordon SS
Schumaker 2B
Ethier RF
Cruz 3B
Moore CF
Uribe 1B
Federowicz C
Gwynn LF
Castillo DH


Trout LF
Bourjos CF
Hamilton DH
Trumbo 1B
Iannetta C
Rodriguez 2B
Jimenez 3B
Romine SS
Cousins RF

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.