The Dodgers will be a walking injury update when spring training begins.
The list is long: Chad Billingsley's right elbow, Ted Lilly's left shoulder, Scott Elbert's left elbow, Kenley Jansen's heart, A.J. Ellis' knee and Carl Crawford's right elbow.
But none will get the same attention as Matt Kemp's surgically repaired right shoulder. The star center fielder was bothered by a torn labrum all September; he had surgery to repair the labrum and debride his rotator cuff on Oct. 5.
After a lengthy rehab Kemp has only been hitting the last two weeks, but his progress report Saturday was positive. Although he hasn't faced live pitching yet - just soft toss and hitting off a tee - Kemp said the shoulder feels "good" so far.
"Every day gets better and better," he said.
Asked if he will be ready to play on Opening Day, "that's definitely going to happen," Kemp said. "I'll be good."
Matt Kemp says he will be ready for opener
L.A. Daily News | Jan 27