Matt Kemp lets the healing run its course

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By Andrew John

Matt Kemp jogged onto the field at Dodger Stadium before crushing a string of pitches during batting practice and fielding grounders Tuesday. Just two weeks after being placed on the disabled list for the second time this season, the All-Star outfielder gave every indication he's on pace for a timely return to the lineup.

And though there's no timetable, Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said there have been no setbacks in Kemp's rehabilitation since he suffered a strained left hamstring May 30. It was the second time this season Kemp was taken out of the lineup because of the injury.

Dressed in Dodger blue shorts and shoes, Kemp spent 20 minutes before batting practice stretching the hamstring and going through range-of-motion exercises before jogging pole to pole on the warning track. It's a routine he's been gradually intensifying during the past week.

But even as Kemp continues to progress and meet every physical goal placed in front of him, he's wary of coming back too soon.

"We're just taking it day by day and not rushing it," said Kemp, who leads the Dodgers with 12 homers and a .355 batting average. "I want to hurry up and get back, but I also want to make sure I'm healthy and everything is feeling great." ... 8040.story

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