07/15/12 4:34 PM ET
Dodgers try to keep Kemp fresh with day off
By Alex Angert / MLB.com
"It's been six weeks since this guy has played two nine-inning games of Major League intensity," manager Don Mattingly said.
Mattingly said Kemp wanted to play and added the center fielder fought him on the decision.
He said Kemp feels good and giving him the rest for the afternoon game was part of the plan like it was for Mark Ellis when the second baseman returned from leg surgery.
"I think he's fine," Mattingly said. "I think he's a little cautious honestly, which is kind of natural. I think it's going to take him a little bit of time until he feels he can forget about it. He's obviously swinging that bat good."
Kemp was 5-for-9 with a double in his first two games since being activated from the disabled list.
Mattingly keeps eye on busy arms in back of 'pen
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will have a tough decision to make if Sunday's game is close in the late innings, with closer Kenley Jansen and setup man Ronald Belisario each having pitched in the previous two games.
The team is also without reliever Javy Guerra, who is on the bereavement list to visit his hospitalized father in Mexico.
Mattingly said he would see how things go after Jansen and Belisario threw on Sunday before making a decision whether he would use them.
"We'll see how they feel today and then make decisions accordingly," said Mattingly, who added both relievers have pitched three days in a row before.
Jansen threw 26 pitches on Saturday -- including 11 on a hard-fought strikeout of Cameron Maybin -- while Belisario threw 18. Belisario allowed a run to score in the eighth to cut the Dodgers' lead in half, while Jansen was saddled with a blown save after giving up two runs on an odd steal of home in the ninth.
Each reliever threw a scoreless inning on Friday with Belisario throwing 10 pitches and Jansen throwing 15.
While the back end of the bullpen has been worked lately, the rest of the team's relievers haven't pitched since before the All-Star break.
Harang OK after taking comebacker off hand
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang faced a scary moment in the third inning of Saturday's game vs. the Padres when a comebacker hit by Alexi Amarista drilled the pitcher in the wrist. Trainer Sue Falsone rushed to the mound after the play, followed by manager Don Mattingly, to check up on the starter.
Harang's pinkie and ring fingers were also hit on the liner, and he said it happened so fast that he wasn't sure which body part was hit first when he stopped the ball with his bare hand.
After throwing a few cautionary pitches, Harang stayed in the game for seven innings before leaving after throwing 104 pitches. He gave up four runs -- three earned -- thanks to a pair of San Diego home runs.
"I threw a few pitches, a fastball and a changeup, to make sure," he said after Saturday's start. "I just wanted to check the changeup and make sure the grip was all right."
The righty wound up making the out to first on the third-inning play and didn't show any signs of pain during the rest of the outing.
Harang said he felt completely fine Sunday and added he even forgot about the play until it was brought back up.
Alex Angert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.