3/16/2014 7:41 P.M. ET
Kemp's spring routine returning to normal
By Jose M. Romero / Special to MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Kemp watched his young nephews running around a boisterous clubhouse Sunday morning at Camelback Ranch.
It wasn't a typical morning in the clubhouse, save for the spirited table-tennis matches. Bags and boxes were everywhere as players got ready for the trip to Australia for the team's season-opening series against the D-backs.
"Can't believe you're all leaving me!" Kemp shouted in mock sadness. But Kemp will have plenty to keep him busy as he continues his comeback from offseason ankle surgery.
Kemp will go through a Spring Training, as manager Don Mattingly put it.
"Now it's going to start over, it's going to start at the beginning of Spring Training, where he's getting his at-bats, playing in the games actually. More of a regular-player type of Spring Training, where he's getting 10 at-bats off a guy pitching."
Kemp has been playing in Minor League games, batting, running the bases and playing the outfield. His next game is scheduled for Monday after resting on Sunday.
Kemp isn't the only Dodgers outfielder who will not be going Down Under. Carl Crawford will be placed on the paternity list and will stay behind, Mattingly confirmed.
Crawford also will be playing in Minor League games during the next week. He didn't need to be included on the three-man exempt list for the Australia travel roster because of the paternity leave.
League staying in Arizona to pitch in Minors camp
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Reliever Brandon League won't be going to Australia, as he was to pitch in a Minor League game Sunday and continue that all week. He said he will rejoin the Dodgers in time for the Freeway Series against the Angels beginning March 27.
League has struggled in Spring Training games, having allowed five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings with four walks and a strikeout. He's likely to be on the three-man exempt list for the Australia roster along with pitchers Zack Greinke and Dan Haren.
"We feel like this is the best for him, to pitch over there [on the Minor League side]. He basically got behind early in camp and I think he feels like he rushed a little bit to try to get back in line with everybody else," Mattingly said. "The ball is still coming out good. There's nothing wrong with his arm.
"For us, it's getting the habits back that we're trying to work on and trying to put him in a situation to work that's not going to go backwards."
League had a lat issue early in camp but is not a candidate for the disabled list, Mattingly said.
• On the day of their departure for Australia, the Dodgers had a shortened pregame workout consisting of a stretching session and hitting in the cages. Pitchers took their scheduled bullpen sessions.
• Don Mattingly said starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Dan Haren will remain in Arizona and pitch in Minor League games. They'll reunite with the team in Los Angeles after the Dodgers return from Australia.
• Mattingly stopped short of naming Clayton Kershaw as the starting pitcher against San Diego in the U.S. season opener on March 30, but Kershaw's schedule has been set. "We feel like we know where he's going to line up," Mattingly said. "I will say this, we're going to take advantage of the off-days."
• Mattingly was asked if he'd heard about D-backs pitcher Patrick Corbin, who has a partial tear in a left elbow ligament. Corbin had been scheduled to start the opener against the Dodgers in Australia. "It changes our planning a little bit but ... you don't want to see anyone having surgeries, if it's something like that, or have a major injury." The D-backs said they will start another left-hander, Wade Miley, in Corbin's place Saturday in Sydney.
Jose M. Romero is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.