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The next step for Matt Kemp

Updated: May 20, 2012, 4:18 PM ET
By Buster Olney

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp has told Magic Johnson he could beat him in basketball. "He doesn't believe I can," Kemp said Saturday, sitting in front of his locker at Dodger Stadium.

Kemp paused.

"But I can," he said knowingly, confidently.

There will not be any showdown between the Dodgers' center fielder and his new boss during the season, and there couldn't be one now, anyway. Kemp is on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.

But he continues to make progress in his rehabilitation. On Saturday afternoon, he was on the field at Dodger Stadium working out under the guise of a trainer, doing exercises across the outfield. He still has not run -- and is not close to full speed.

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