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Kemp unsure of time needed for ailing ankle

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said Friday he doesn't know when he will be able to return from a sprained left ankle that has kept him on the disabled list for nearly three weeks.

"I have no time limit," Kemp said. "I don't know when I'm going to be ready. I just know when my leg feels good, I will know when I'm ready. The sooner the better."

Kemp did some light jogging on the field at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon for the first time since he injured his ankle in an awkward slide at the plate July 21 in Washington. But he still had a noticeable limp and retreated to the clubhouse after a brief workout.

Kemp started taking batting practice earlier this week and has been playing catch. But he has not been cleared to run.

"It's an ankle injury, ankles are tricky," Kemp said. "We'll see how it goes, every day is different."

Kemp has been limited to 62 games this season. He previously spent time on the disabled list with hamstring and shoulder issues.

"It's been tough," Kemp said. "But I'm proud of the boys, they have been playing good and hopefully I'll come back stronger than ever and join in on this fun they're having."

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for
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