08/12/12 1:00 PM ET
Kemp back up to speed on basepaths
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Manager Don Mattingly said it's good to see Kemp finally back and whole, after a left hamstring strain that sidelined the All-Star for nearly two months and limited him even after he was activated.
"I just think this is who he is," Mattingly said. "For a while, he wasn't taking chances. [He was] playing cautious, and that's just not the way to play. It's the reason you love certain guys, because they can do everything. Now, you see the speed element, and it's the whole package you want to see."
Speed contributed to the first two Dodgers runs on Saturday night, one scoring when Shane Victorino beat out a double-play grounder, the other was set up by one of Kemp's two stolen bases.
Mattingly then imagined the type of speed the Dodgers lineup will have if and when Dee Gordon returns from thumb surgery, although that might not happen until the roster expands on Sept. 1, because he won't be cleared for hitting until Friday at the earliest. Gordon would join Kemp, Victorino and Hanley Ramirez as "legitimate running guys," Mattingly said.
"That's what you like to see when you're building a team," Mattingly said. "You can score runs in different ways, like we did last night."
Hairston not expected to land on DL
MIAMI -- The left hip injury that knocked Jerry Hairston out of Saturday night's Dodgers game with the Marlins is not expected to land him on the disabled list, manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday.
"Sue [Falsone, our trainer], thinks it will be a day, but we'll see," Mattingly said. "He was getting [Sunday] off anyway with the [pitching] matchups, so the only thing is, can he pinch-hit? We're not thinking DL at all. He said he felt it in Chicago [in May] and it went to the hammy."
Hairston went on the DL then with a hamstring strain, but has played semi-regularly since returning on May 25.
Hairston said he felt the area tighten while taking a first step to his right on Donovan Solano's fifth-inning double that triggered a four-run rally for the Marlins.
Mattingly started Luis Cruz at third base on Sunday.
Many Dodgers cited in 'Tools Issue' survey
MIAMI -- The Dodgers' defending National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw was named best NL pitcher in Baseball America's "Tools Issue" survey of managers and front-office officials.
Teammate Matt Kemp ranked third for best hitter and power hitter and second as the most exciting player. Dee Gordon was voted the second-fastest baserunner. James Loney was the third-best defensive first baseman and Chris Capuano had the second-best pickoff move.
On the Minor League level, Tim Federowicz was named best defensive catcher in the Pacific Coast League; Garrett Gould had the best breaking pitch in the California League; C.J. Retherford was the best defensive third baseman in the California League; James Baldwin was named fastest baserunner in the Midwest League; and Albuquerque's Lorenzo Bundy was the best managing prospect in the Pacific Coast League.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.