3/18/2014 7:40 P.M. ET
Haren feeling rejuvenated after extra off-days
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Two extra days' rest proved to be the difference for Dodgers starter Dan Haren.
On Tuesday, the right-hander allowed five hits and four runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Mariners in a Minor League game at Camelback Ranch. The veteran walked one batter and gave up two home runs, including one to catcher Jesus Montero, in the 75-pitch effort.
"It's really been a blessing to have these extra couple of days," Haren said. "I just had a little dead arm that I fought through and my body wasn't feeling that great. I just feel really good coming out of this."
Haren gave up one run on seven hits in four innings against the Royals in his previous Cactus League outing on March 11.
"I felt way better than last time. I gave up a few runs, but it was no big deal," Haren said. "I was working throwing a few front-door cutters and that's where three of the hits came on. I'm just really happy with how I feel."
Haren said he expects to throw 90 pitches on Monday and make one more start before the regular season.
"I counted the walks and the homers," Haren said. "I actually got Montero out a lot during the season, but it's not a big deal."
Kemp pleased with progress during recovery
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Matt Kemp took another step down the road to recovery on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.
The Dodgers outfielder went 0-for-3 with a walk in a Minor League game against the Mariners, but walked away from the field feeling optimistic.
"I feel good," Kemp said. "I'm getting better and better every day. I'm getting a little more comfortable. I don't care about results. I care about how I feel and I feel good."
Kemp is attempting to return from a career-threatening injury to the weight-bearing talus bone in his left ankle. He sustained the injury, a stress reaction and cartilage chip, on a home-plate slide on July 21.
Kemp will open the season on the disabled list and has said he will not rush back and risk re-injury.