While some players spent the offseason gaining weight, Matt Kemp spent his recovering from shoulder surgery.
And it seems like he's finally ready to make a comeback.
The center fielder is in Arizona with the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers and is expected to play in Friday's game against the San Diego Padres.
Kemp had surgery on his shoulder in October, and if he returns now, he would have only missed a week of games.
While it will be good to have him back, manager Don Mattingly made it very clear that Kemp isn't expected to do a lot right away. He said, “It's not like we're going play [Kemp] nine innings. We're going to give him a couple of at-bats and he's going to go home.”
The sooner he comes back, in any capacity, the better. Kemp is not only a big part of the Dodgers' offense, but he is also a big draw for fans who may be at Spring Training. People will also be anxious to see him, and to see just how much this injury has affected his ability. Hopefully he returns to the player he was before the surgery, or maybe even better.