Braves' Kemp can pinch-hit, wants to return to lineup

ATLANTA (AP) Atlanta left fielder Matt Kemp says he's available to pinch-hit and hopes to return from a leg injury on Sunday against Miami.

Kemp has missed one game, a 5-0 loss to the Marlins on Friday, with a sore left hamstring. He considers this injury minor compared to a strained right hamstring that landed him on the 10-day disabled list in April.

Kemp says the previous injury was ''more serious,'' and sitting out this time was ''just being careful.''

Kemp, a two-time All-Star, is hitting .327 and leads the Braves with 32 RBIs.

Danny Santana took Kemp's spot in the lineup Saturday for the second straight game.

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