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As you may have heard, the Dodgers have gotten hot in the second half of the season and with the playoffs on the horizon, the Dodgers would welcome a healthy Kemp. Can he really stay healthy, though? The only way to find out is to insert him back into the game and see how he functions, and it appears the Dodgers are prepared to do just that -- maybe.
Kemp was listed on the reserves Monday night and ultimately did make it into the game as a pinch hitter, delivering a strikeout in his lone at-bat in the ninth. While it would seem that Kemp appears on the verge of a return to the lineup, his manager sounded less than enthused about that prospect. According to ESPNLosAngeles.com, Don Mattingly said Kemp still looked "tentative" running the bases pregame, and indicated his duties would be limited to pinch hitting in the short term. For his part, Kemp says he feels ready to play, but the Dodgers may be understandably hesitant, given that he has missed all but 63 games so far this year.
Without much game history in 2013 to go on and with lingering concerns over how much he will be utilized, it’s hard for fantasy owners to know what to expect.