Matt Kemp to Play Tuesday in Minors and Participate in ASG Home Run Derby July 9

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IJuly 2, 2012

DENVER, CO - APRIL 30:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prepares to bat against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field on April 30, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Kemp hit a home run on the first pitch delivered to him by starting pitcher Juan Nicasio #44 of the Colorado Rockies.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers can take a sigh of relief as Matt Kemp is continuing his rehab in hopes to return after the All-Star Break. His biggest test will begin on Tuesday when he plays in his first rehab game for the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

CBS Los Angeles reports that Kemp will return to live game action on Tuesday for the Quakes as the DH.

Although Kemp will only DH in his return to action, it will allow for the Dodgers and Kemp to test his hamstring while running the bases in game situations. 

Kemp also will participate in next Monday's All-Star festivities in the home run derby on July 9, despite electing to sit out the game itself. 

The question can be asked if it is a smart move to participate but Kemp feels as though there is no reason not to. Kemp recently spoke about being ready for the home run derby: "I'm going to do the HR Derby, I'm going to have fun with it. It's just like taking batting practice, which I've been doing for the past three weeks. So I'm ready for that."

Kemp is the National League captain for the home run derby and selected Carlos Beltran, Giancarlo Stanton and Carlos Gonzalez to join him in the competition. 

Kemp has not played since May 30 when he was forced to leave the game with the hamstring injury. Barring any setbacks, the Dodgers are hoping that Kemp can return to the big league lineup after the All-Star Break on July 13.

 

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