Sounds like he’ll be limited to pinch hitting for now, and probably require a pinch runner if he reaches base. But for better or worse, Matt Kemp is once again an active member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Also, the Dodgers have signed free-agent Japanese right-hander Takumi Numata, 19, to a minor league contract. This kid is just a year out of high school and has been pitching in the Japanese Industrial League. He’ll report to Camelback Ranch, where the 2013 Instructional League officially got under way today.
Oh, by the way, there is a baseball game here tonight, and by winning, the Dodgers could reduce their magic number by half from four to two. Perhaps more importantly, they need “rookie” left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu to get his groove back. He has lost three of his past four starts, leading to questions of whether he might be wearing down toward the end of his first season in the U.S. — they play a shorter season in South Korea, and starting pitchers to pitch as often. He’ll be opposed by Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill (6-10, 4.22), who got no-decision last Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium after going six innings and giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits.
The roof is open for tonight’s game. It’s 101 degrees right now in downtown Phoenix.