Kemp, M. Ellis will join Dodgers on road trip

Kemp, M. Ellis will join Dodgers on road trip

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly said Matt Kemp and Mark Ellis will travel with the Dodgers on the road this week, while Matt Guerrier, Ted Lilly, Justin Sellers and Javy Guerra will stay back with a trainer.

"They are doing a ton of baseball work," Mattingly said about Kemp (strained left hamstring) and Ellis (left leg injury). "They are on the field taking batting practice now and they are able to do a lot more stuff on the field."

He added Kemp seems to keep progressing and Ellis is doing really well. As for the players not traveling to Oakland, he said Sellers' recovery from a bulging disc in his back is taking some time and Lilly (left shoulder inflammation) has been a process. However, Guerra (right knee inflammation) is doing well and Mattingly reaffirmed that he will travel to San Francisco next week.

With Lilly, Mattingly said the pitcher is feeling better and there is more of an optimistic feeling lately. However, the team is taking a cautious approach, as Lilly has previously come back too early before he was pain-free.

Lilly hasn't thrown in three weeks, and Mattingly said it will take some time for the lefty to build back strength.