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Mattingly waiting to set Kemp's return date

Mattingly waiting to set Kemp's return date

Mattingly waiting to set Kemp's return date
PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp is running nearly full speed and doing almost all baseball activities, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wouldn't commit to the injured outfielder returning by May 29, the day he's eligible to be activated.

"We want him to play a couple rehab games; one at least, two would be better," said Mattingly. "Maybe the 29th, maybe the 28th. Sue [Falsone, trainer] will tell us if it's the 28th or 29th. It would be crazy to rush him by a day."

Kemp has missed eight games with a strained left hamstring, and the Dodgers want to ensure that the injury will not resurface.

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Meanwhile Jerry Hairston, also recovering from a strained left hamstring, will play games on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday and Thursday, likely rejoining the club on Friday night.

Third baseman Juan Uribe's wrist has improved enough for him to resume baseball activities. Outfielder Juan Rivera's ruptured left hamstring is healing so well the club is hopeful he could be back within a month of the injury he sustained on May 8.

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