Matt Kemp won’t be activated until he feels comfortable at the plate, something he told manager Don Mattingly during a conversation last night that he doesn’t yet. Kemp went 0-for-3 in his third game for Rancho Cucamonga last night and now is 0-for-11 with one ball hit out of the infield. He is scheduled to DH again in tonight’s (5:05 p.m.) game. The Quakes’ regular season will end tomorrow against Lancaster, but they have a shot at the California League playoffs. If they make it, Matty could continue his rehab there. If not, he could go to the Arizona Instructional League, return to the Dodgers for simulated games or, presumably, even go to low Single-A Great Lakes, which is about to enter the Midwest League playoffs.
Just don’t look for the Dodgers to activate him in the next couple of days.
UPDATED: During the fifth inning of today’s game, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told the team’s radio broadcast team of Charley Steiner and Rick Monday that Kemp will continue his rehab tonight and tomorrow and that “hopefully we’ll get him back sometime during the Colorado series” that begins on Monday in Denver and runs through Wednesday.
“I talked with Matt last night,” Mattingly said. “We want to make sure where we’re at and where he’s at, as we both want him to be ready when he steps back in with us. We want to make sure he is feeling good, he’s comfortable and that when he goes out there he feels like he can compete. I know he isn’t feeling that great at the plate right now. He isn’t pushing it or saying ‘I want to be back with the team.’
“He will continue to play, but we just don’t know the logistics of all that yet.”