Matt Kemp could start a minor league rehabilitation assignment this week.

Whether that happens will depend on how Kemp feels when he runs the bases, something he is expected to do in the next day or two.

Kemp said his left ankle is now pain-free. He sprained the ankle last month, sending him to the disabled list for the third time this season.

"It's good," Kemp said. "No pain at all."

The Dodgers want Kemp to take as many at-bats in the minor leagues as possible. The minor league season ends next week.

"If we can't do that, I'm sure we'll have guys in instructional league, things like that, being able to set up some simulated games," Manager Don Mattingly said. "I want him to be sharp when he comes. Give him the best chance to have success."

Mattingly said he doesn't plan for Kemp to play every day when he is activated.

"I'll get him back in the mix, get him comfortable," Mattingly said. "I'll do what I did with Carl Crawford when he was coming back from his hamstring. He gets a couple days in there, he gets a day off. I'll be careful with him."



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