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Matt Kemp expects to be 100% for season opener

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09:05 AM ET 01.20 | Matt Kemp said Saturday he expects the Dodgers to limit his activity in spring training as he completes a rehabilitation program for his left shoulder. "I'm not trying to be 100% in spring training," Kemp said. "I'm trying to be 100% for the first game of the season." Kemp suffered a torn labrum when he crashed into the outfield wall in Colorado last August. He said he still feels what he is told is normal post-operative soreness and has not resumed all baseball drills. "I have my good days and I have my bad days," he said. "I'll be ready for the season, and that's all that pretty much matters."

Los Angeles Times

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January 20, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Go Dodgers!!

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January 20, 2013  09:53 AM ET

Matty Fragile!!!

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January 20, 2013  11:19 AM ET

Shoulder injury seriously altered Scott Rolen's HOF career trajectory. They seem to be the worst of all injuries to sustain.

January 20, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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You know, the Dodgers have spent all this money, and still don't have a leadoff hitter.Kemp is fragile, and might hold up better if placed in right field.Solution: Sign Michael Bourn to a two or three-year deal, deal Ethier for some youth (Atlanta?), and slide Kemp over.

Mtt kemp appears to be playing with the dodgers money, should kemp remain in the injury list the blues wouldn't going to be too happy!!

January 20, 2013  12:16 PM ET
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You know, the Dodgers have spent all this money, and still don't have a leadoff hitter.Kemp is fragile, and might hold up better if placed in right field.Solution: Sign Michael Bourn to a two or three-year deal, deal Ethier for some youth (Atlanta?), and slide Kemp over.

Actually if he continues to have shoulder problems, left field will be better than right field, easier throw!!!! Who are you going to get in return for Ethier, that is just as good as he is???

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January 20, 2013  01:34 PM ET
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Young pitching.

The Dodgers don't need young pitching, what the dodgers need is good hitting and if you check Ethier's stats for the last 5 years, you will see that he is a solid hitter!!!

January 20, 2013  03:37 PM ET
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The Dodgers don't need young pitching, what the dodgers need is good hitting and if you check Ethier's stats for the last 5 years, you will see that he is a solid hitter!!!

Trade him to Boston for Ellsbury. There is your CF and lead off hitter.

January 20, 2013  03:51 PM ET
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Trade him to Boston for Ellsbury. There is your CF and lead off hitter.

Ellsbury, is not a better player than Kemp, at least the Stats don't prove it the last 5 years!!

January 20, 2013  03:56 PM ET
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Ellsbury, is not a better player than Kemp, at least the Stats don't prove it the last 5 years!!

I was talking about Either.

January 20, 2013  04:18 PM ET
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I was talking about Either.

Yes you were, my mistake!!! I will re-phrase that, "Ellsbury, is not a better player than Ethier", at least the stats don't prove it the last 5 years". Also Ethier can play centerfield.

January 20, 2013  04:29 PM ET
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Yes you were, my mistake!!! I will re-phrase that, "Ellsbury, is not a better player than Ethier", at least the stats don't prove it the last 5 years". Also Ethier can play centerfield.

It's close, Ellsbury is pretty good when healthy. They are different types of players. IMO Ellsbury seems to fit in more of what the Dodgers need right now. A true lead off hitter with speed, who will steal you 30-40 bases and a true Gold Glove CF.

As a Sox fan I would rather keep Ellsbury, but he seems to want to go back West when the season is done.

January 20, 2013  04:35 PM ET
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It's close, Ellsbury is pretty good when healthy. They are different types of players. IMO Ellsbury seems to fit in more of what the Dodgers need right now. A true lead off hitter with speed, who will steal you 30-40 bases and a true Gold Glove CF. As a Sox fan I would rather keep Ellsbury, but he seems to want to go back West when the season is done.

I see your point and maybe the Dodgers and Boston are thinking about trading the two!!!

January 20, 2013  04:40 PM ET
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I see your point and maybe the Dodgers and Boston are thinking about trading the two!!!

Probably not, it makes too much sense. But I do think it would be a good trade for both teams, as long as LA can get him to sign an extension, which could be difficult with Boras in the picture.

January 20, 2013  04:42 PM ET
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It's close, Ellsbury is pretty good when healthy. They are different types of players. IMO Ellsbury seems to fit in more of what the Dodgers need right now. A true lead off hitter with speed, who will steal you 30-40 bases and a true Gold Glove CF. As a Sox fan I would rather keep Ellsbury, but he seems to want to go back West when the season is done.

Wasn't Adam Jones the Golden Glove award winner (CF) in the AL in 2012???

January 20, 2013  04:44 PM ET
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Probably not, it makes too much sense. But I do think it would be a good trade for both teams, as long as LA can get him to sign an extension, which could be difficult with Boras in the picture.

Also, I'm not too sure that Ethier wants to leave the Dodgers.

January 20, 2013  04:49 PM ET
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Wasn't Adam Jones the Golden Glove award winner (CF) in the AL in 2012???

yes he was, Ellsbury won in 2011.

 
January 20, 2013  04:50 PM ET
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Also, I'm not too sure that Ethier wants to leave the Dodgers.

Does he have a no trade clause?

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