Matt Kemp could return to the Dodgers' lineup as soon as Monday. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp could return to the lineup as soon as Monday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.
According to MLB.com's Austin Laymance, Kemp will work out with the team early Monday in Phoenix, where the Dodgers will begin a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"I've been told that depending where he's at it could be tomorrow," Mattingly said of the possibility of activating Kemp. "We want him to be healthy. It's a possibility if everything would go perfect."
Kemp's possible return is welcome news for the Dodgers, whose lineup on Sunday was missing three starters — Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford, and Yasiel Puig. All are officially listed as day-to-day, but each have uncertain return dates.
Puig was scratched for Sunday's game against the Giants because of tightness in his left hip, and Crawford sat out with tightness in his back. Ethier has been out since Friday after hurting his ankle running the bases.
The Dodgers are well on their way to the playoffs, but they have dropped behind the Atlanta Braves and National League Central leaders in the race for home-field advantage.