Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford won't be in the lineup Saturday when the Dodgers open their exhibition season against the Chicago White Sox.
And they won't be in the lineup Sunday, either.
Manager Don Mattingly said he doesn't expect the rehabilitating outfielders to play in Cactus League games until early next month.
Kemp is recovering from a major shoulder operation and Crawford from reconstructive elbow surgery. Kemp is working out with no restrictions, whereas Crawford is slowly strengthening his throwing arm.
Both players are expected to be in the Dodgers' opening-day lineup.
Though the Dodgers think Kemp and Crawford could return around March 1, Mattingly emphasized he wouldn't rush either player.
"I really want to play Matt when he's ready to play," Mattingly said. "I'd rather let this guy get ready to go. Same with Carl."
When Kemp and Crawford start playing, they will probably be designated hitters.
"Just to get their feet wet and back in the game," Mattingly said.
Kemp said he is fine with however Mattingly decides to use him.
Dodgers' Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford won't play in exhibition opener
Los Angeles Times | Feb 23