San Diego Padres' Brandon Morrow bunts during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Charlie Riedel
February 24, 2015

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Two things Matt Kemp never expected happened this offseason: The Los Angeles Dodgers traded him, and it became public he has arthritic hips.

Kemp made it clear Tuesday both are now non-issues. He's eager to help his overhauled new team, the San Diego Padres, try to wrestle the NL West away from his old team. And those hips? He insists they won't slow him down at the plate or in right field.

Kemp was in a jovial mood on reporting day for position players. Kemp acknowledged he was surprised when the Dodgers jettisoned him after nine seasons and two All-Star appearances.

Word then leaked out that Kemp has arthritic hips. But Kemp insists he's healthy.

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