LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated star center fielder Matt Kemp from the disabled list and he is in the lineup to play against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Kemp, who missed 24 games with a strained right hamstring, played in three rehab games with Triple-A Albuquerque, going 2-for-11 from the plate with six strikeouts. More important than his number from the plate, however, was the fact that he was running well.
Kemp took over in center field for the Isotopes on Monday, playing seven innings.
The former MVP runner-up was batting .251 with just two homers and 17 RBIs through 191 at-bats. He went on the DL on May 30, which led to the call-up of rookie phenom Yasiel Puig, who has batted .442 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs through 21 games.
The return of Kemp marks the healthiest the Dodgers have been since the beginning of the season. After raising high expectations during preseason, the Dodgers have resorted to the disabled list 20 times on 15 different players this season, according to ESPN.
Kemp’s return will also move Andre Ethier back to his regular position in right field, and Puig will move to left.