Matt Kemp's ankle injury proving stubborn

August, 14, 2013
8/14/13
6:15
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers had a bonanza of positive news about injured players before Wednesday night's game with the New York Mets, but one player has been making slower-than-expected progress.

Matt Kemp was thought to be about 5-7 days from returning from a sprained left ankle, but the Dodgers expect him to need more time than that.

"I'm not feeling really great about that," Mattingly said.

Kemp has been fine in batting practice, but has barely tested the ankle by running. He has yet to run the bases, or even make turns on the outfield grass.

Many people wondered what would happen when Kemp, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford were all healthy, giving the Dodgers four quality outfielders for three spots. That problem arose for one game, on July 21, in which Kemp injured his ankle sliding awkwardly into home.

Here are lineups for Wednesday’s game:

New York

1. Juan Lagares CF
2. Daniel Murphy 2B
3. Josh Satin 3B
4. Marlon Byrd RF
5. Justin Turner SS
6. Ike Davis 1B
7. Andrew Brown LF
8. John Buck C
9. Dillon Gee RHP

Dodgers

1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Yasiel Puig RF
3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
4. Hanley Ramirez SS
5. Skip Schumaker CF
6. Mark Ellis 2B
7. Jerry Hairston Jr. 3B
8. Tim Federowicz C
9. Chris Capuano P

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
16 1.73 194 161
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .301
HRA. Gonzalez 18
RBIA. Gonzalez 90
RD. Gordon 73
OPSY. Puig .882
ERAC. Kershaw 1.73
SOC. Kershaw 194