Kemp, Crawford unlikely to play until early March
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw opens the exhibition season for the Dodgers on Saturday against the White Sox, but don't look for Matt Kemp or Carl Crawford in the outfield for awhile.
Manager Don Mattingly said March 1 is a very rough target date for Kemp to get into games coming off left shoulder surgery. Crawford will likely be later than that as he returns from Tommy John elbow reconstruction.
"I don't go definitely March 1 with Matt, because it might not be until March 5 or March 7 when he's ready to play. That doesn't mean anything's wrong."
Mattingly said both are likely to break in as designated hitters at first.
"Both guys I'll DH a little early on," Mattingly said on Friday. "Carl more likely [than Kemp]. He won't get into games until the medical tests [clear their participation]. I don't want him in a game and reacting and doing something like spinning to make a throw that we don't want him doing."
Kemp is doing all baseball activities, while Crawford is still on a conservative throwing program to rebuild arm strength with the hope that he will be ready by Opening Day.
Mattingly said that Skip Schumaker and Jerry Hairston are likely to be outfield starters on Saturday.