PHOENIX -- Injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said on Monday he's running at 85 percent on his healing left hamstring and he's eager to play in a Minor League rehab assignment in preparation for being activated when eligible on May 29."It feels good right now," said Kemp, who expects to play at Triple-A Albuquerque next weekend. What also feels good, Kemp said, is the way the team has played without him (5-2). "I'm overwhelmed with joy," he said. "I'm really proud of the way they're playing. Five guys disabled, four starters, I don't know what other teams could do with that. Everybody has stepped up. It's just amazing how everybody is doing something to help us win. It's exciting to watch. "It seems we're never out of a game, no matter what. It's exciting to be around this. There are a lot of great things going on in L.A. And the chemistry in the clubhouse is great. Winning helps chemistry and we feed off that and the guys get closer."
Hairston's return from DL pushed back
PHOENIX -- Dodgers utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. will need a few more days before returning from the disabled list, manager Don Mattingly said on Monday.Hairston played in an extended spring training game at the Dodgers' Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex on Monday, after which it was decided he would not return to the club on Wednesday, as planned. "The plan has shifted a little bit," said Mattingly. "We're going to give him a day off tomorrow. He's going to play Wednesday and Thursday in Albuquerque [on a Minor League assignment]. He felt a little rushed, like he needs a couple more days playing. "I'd rather be on the conservative side. We might as well make sure he's 100 percent. Maybe Friday." Hairston, who strained his left hamstring trying to leg out an infield hit in Chicago on May 6, is eligible to be activated Tuesday and the original plan was to have him rejoin the team Wednesday. The Dodgers open a homestand Friday night against Houston after a day off Thursday.
Ellis has second leg surgery in three days
PHOENIX -- Injured Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis underwent an additional surgical procedure to drain his swollen left leg, manager Don Mattingly said Monday.Ellis, injured on a takeout slide by the Cardinals' Tyler Greene on Friday night, underwent emergency surgery on Saturday to relieve swelling from the trauma and will remain hospitalized at least until Tuesday. Doctors said without the Saturday surgery Ellis could have lost his leg. The procedure, a fasciotomy, involves an incision into the membrane that surrounds the muscle, allowing the release of blood and fluid buildup. Doctors still haven't fully determined injuries to other parts of his left leg, like the knee and ankle, focusing first on the swelling and the susceptibility for infection. "There will be more testing," said Mattingly, "but they have to wait for this to heal."
Dodgers to honor Jarrin on June 11
PHOENIX -- The Dodgers will hold a Jaime Jarrin T-Shirt and Tribute Night on June 11, when they open an Interleague Series with the Angels.The first 30,000 fans with valid tickets for the Monday game will receive the shirt, presented by Univision Radio. The Hall of Fame broadcaster is in his 54th year as the Spanish-language voice of the team. "The Dodgers and our fans are extremely fortunate to have Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrin as our voice in Spanish," said Dodger owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson. "Jaime is a Los Angeles icon, one who has inspired several generations of Los Angeles Latinos to dream big. He's been instrumental in instilling a love of Dodger baseball throughout the Los Angeles area. We salute Jaime, a Dodger institution, and are grateful for all that he has given to the Dodgers and to Dodger fans." Special tributes are planned prior to and throughout the game. Fans can purchase tickets to attend Jaime Jarrin T-Shirt and Tribute Night by visiting www.dodgers.com/promotions.
Dodgers injury roundup
Third baseman Juan Uribe continues to make progress from a left wrist injury, but he still is not being allowed to swing a bat, manager Don Mattingly said. Reliever Matt Guerrier, whose elbow needed extra time bouncing back from a bullpen session early last week, rebounded quicker from one over the weekend. Mattingly said he still didn't have a time frame for a Minor League rehab assignment for Guerrier, who has been on the DL since April 19 with elbow tendinitis. Rubby De La Rosa visited the clubhouse before Monday's game. De La Rosa said he is on schedule in his return from Tommy John surgery and hopes to be pitching in games by the All-Star break. Aaron Miles, signed last week after the deluge of injuries but before Mark Ellis went on the DL, has been promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque. Also at Albuquerque is outfielder Trent Oeltjen, who cleared waivers and was outrighted after being designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Elian Herrera.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.