I'm done with the pina coladas, and at least for the day, Kemp is no longer in left.
It was only Friday that Kemp said flatly, "I'm a center fielder." Surprise, Monday finds him a right fielder.
This would be the position that Kemp hasn’t played since 2009, hasn’t played regularly since 2008 and where Manager
But Monday arrived, Yasiel Puig is still out with his sore hand and Kemp found himself starting in right against right-hander
"I'm just happy to be in the lineup," Kemp said to The Times' Dylan Hernandez in Pittsburgh.
"It's just another position to play."
It seems clear, however, the Dodgers are determined to let Kemp know they very much do not envision him a center fielder. The easy thing Monday would have been to send
Center is the more glamorous, demanding position and where Kemp still sees himself, even if the Dodgers have seen enough of him making poor jumps and routes on balls up the middle.
Sunday in St. Louis he made another bad jump on one ball, starting back on a drive in front of him and letting it drop for a hit, but then making a terrific diving stop of another on his next ball. If possible, he sometimes seems almost awkwardly athletic.