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Kemp To Play DH With Rancho Cucamonga Quakes On Tuesday, July 3rd

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Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on the disable list, sits and looks on from the dugout in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics in t at O.co Coliseum on June 21, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers on the disable list, sits and looks on from the dugout in the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics in t at O.co Coliseum on June 21, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) The only good news coming from the slumping Dodgers is slugger Matt Kemp is expected to return July 13th from his hamstring injury.

Before his return to the majors, Kemp said during Saturday’s game on FOX, that he will start a rehab assignment by playing DH on Tuesday, July 3rd with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

Kemp has been out since May 30th when he re-aggravated his left hamstring against the Milwaukee Brewers — putting him out for close to 5 weeks.

“I feel the same,” Kemp said to the LA Times. “I wish I could be out there helping out, but it is what it is. It could be worse than what it is right now.”

Dodgers are slumping with an 11-16 record since his absence and have lost 11 of the last 12.

Kemp plans to play in the Home Run Derby, but will sit the All-Star game, despite leading all outfielders in National League voting.

The Dodgers are still just one game behind the division leading San Francisco Giants.

Andre Ethier is day-to-day with an injured oblique he suffered on June 27th.

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