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Kemp, Capuano closing in on returns to Dodgers

Kemp, Capuano closing in on returns to Dodgers

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Kemp, Capuano closing in on returns to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and pitcher Chris Capuano are rehabbing injuries, but they are still in the Dodgers' plans for the final weeks of the season.

Kemp ran on an anti-gravity treadmill Wednesday at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale for the first time since experiencing tightness in his right hamstring last week. The club's medical staff is formulating a plan for Kemp to run the bases soon, though manager Don Mattingly said he's not sure of the timetable.

Kemp also got more at-bats in a simulated game Wednesday and the Dodgers remain optimistic he could play in the Majors before the end of the month. He has not appeared in a game above Class A since July 21, the result of a sprained left ankle.

"He was running good," Mattingly said. "Everything is really still pretty positive with all that. He swung the bat good again today."

Capuano, recovering from a strained left groin that forced him from his Friday start in Cincinnati, threw off a mound Wednesday afternoon, with Tim Federowicz catching from just in front of the plate. Capuano will throw a bullpen session this week and could then return to the rotation or assume a relief role.

"I think he's feeling pretty good about where it's going," Mattingly said.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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