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Matt Kemp injury: No timetable for return to running

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

GLENDALE -- Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp continues to add baseball activities to his workouts and takes ground balls in the outfield every day. But he still hasn't been cleared to run, and the timetable for being able to do so isn't any clearer than it was at the beginning of camp.

Manager Don Mattingly said Kemp has been able to increase speed while running on the anti-gravity treadmill, but there is still no date set for clearance to run regularly.

"That depends on what the doctors say," Mattingly said.

Kemp has had monthly MRI exams since having surgery to remove torn cartilage in his left ankle in October. Mattingly said the last exam was roughly two weeks ago, so we could have another two weeks or so before hearing anything new.


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