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Kemp among injured Dodgers on the mend

Kemp among injured Dodgers on the mend

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers continue to receive favorable medical reports on outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, shortstop Hanley Ramirez and starting pitcher Josh Beckett. General manager Ned Colletti said on Wednesday he expects each player to be ready for Spring Training.

Kemp, who is starting to hit after undergoing offseason surgery on his left ankle and left shoulder, has been out of a walking boot for at least three weeks, Colletti said. The Dodgers won't rush Kemp back to action before he's ready, though.

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"We're going to take it as deliberately as possible and as cautious as possible," Colletti said. "We expect him to be playing by the time we're in the midst of Spring Training, and he should have a chance to play a lot."

Colletti said both Ethier and Ramirez have not had any setbacks this winter. Ethier was limited in the postseason by a microfracture in his lower left leg, but the outfielder has resumed running. Ramirez battled through a fractured rib during the National League Championship Series.

Beckett is expected to be ready for Spring Training after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery last July. Fellow pitchers Chad Billingsley and Scott Elbert are both recovering from Tommy John surgery, and Colletti said he expects them to be ready as early as June.

Austin Laymance is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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