SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp is batting .171 with Opening Day one week away, but after Monday's 8-2 loss to the Royals, manager Don Mattingly said, "I'm OK with Matt."
"He's got bat speed," Mattingly said of Kemp, who is coming off shoulder surgery. "He's frustrated because he wants to get hits all the time. What I like is that he wants his hits, he's feeling good enough, that intensity is there. Mentally he's ready, and physically he looks ready."
Kemp has one home run and six RBIs after going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly Monday night.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.