The Dodgers are invading Rancho Cucamonga today as three of their regulars — Matt Kemp, Mark Ellis and Javy Guerra — are slated to play rehab games for the Class A Quakes, who announced the game has been sold out.
Kemp will DH in what will be his first game since re-injuring his left hamstring, and then he’ll likely play five innings in center in his second game before going back to the DH spot.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the team will work in off-days and easy days for Kemp so he can ease back into playing over the next week. Mattingly isn’t sure how many rehab games Kemp will play, but the team is planning for the All-Star break to be Kemp’s off-days before coming back.
Ellis, who had an emergency fasciotomy May 20 to relieve swelling in his left leg, will likely complete a four-game rehab stint on Tuesday by playing seven innings. The second baseman went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, one run scored, a walk and a strikeout in seven innings on Monday night. Mattingly said Ellis will have an off-day on Wednesday before hopefully joining the team in Arizona.
Guerra, who underwent right knee surgery on June 5, started Sunday’s game for Rancho Cucamonga and gave up one hit and one run in one inning. He said he woke up feeling fine and he’ll go through the same routine on Tuesday.
“I was really happy with the way it went overall,” said Guerra, who was back at Dodger Stadium on Monday. “I was content that everything felt great. I used all my pitches and everything was there. I’m just pumped to be back on the field.”
Andre Ethier won’t be with his teammates in Rancho Cucamonga, but he is also making progress to get back on the field. Mattingly said the right fielder was feeling good on Monday and that he is doing mostly everything, except hitting on the field. He wasn’t in the lineup on Monday as he recovers from a strain in his left oblique muscle, and Mattingly wouldn’t commit to a return date, citing the need to be cautious.
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July 3, 2012 at 11:36 am | Cindy Davis | No comment