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.
The Red Sox-Yankees game scheduled for this afternoon has been moved to this evening because of weather, but there are still happenings in the Bronx: the Yankees have called up top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.
Sheffield, 22, is the Yankees’ highest-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. The lefty was acquired in the Andrew Miller deal back in 2016. In 2018 he made the jump from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a cumulative 7-6 record in 20 starts and a 2.87 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 116 innings.
The Yankees reportedly plan is to keep Sheffield in the bullpen for the time being, with his late season shift to a relief role at Scranton designed to get him used to helping out for the Yankees stretch run and, possibly, a playoff run. He’ll likely have a shot at the Yankees’ rotation next spring.