Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is no longer holding out any hope of Matt Kemp returning from the disabled list this month, telling Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that “September would be the best-case scenario.”
Kemp has essentially been sidelined since early July, first by a shoulder injury and then by an ankle injury. He played one game between disabled list stints, the latest of which dates back to July 22.
And because the minor-league season will be over soon Kemp won’t be able to go on an actual rehab assignment whenever he’s deemed healthy enough for game action, although the Dodgers can always set up some simulated games.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.