Mattingly to give Kemp days off as needed

Mattingly to give Kemp days off as needed

Mattingly to give Kemp days off as needed
LOS ANGELES -- After holding the longest consecutive-games streak in the Majors at 399 games, Matt Kemp's number is back down to one after returning from the disabled list Tuesday night.

Now that the streak is over, manager Don Mattingly has said he won't be as hesitant to give the center fielder a rest from time to time. However, he doesn't have any plan in place for Kemp as of now.

"I don't really have any days off in mind," Mattingly said. "We're just going to keep an eye on him. I want him to be able to say, 'Hey, I'm needing a day.' But as much as anything, I'll see Davey [Lopes] or a guy that works with him and they'll say Matt's dragging a little bit and then I start thinking about giving him the day."

Mattingly added if Kemp starts to struggle at the plate since returning from his left hamstring strain, then the manager will look into possible days off.

"Matt will play it by ear," he said. "I know Matt is going to want to play every day. He's not going to want to come out of the lineup."

"Myself, I played every day and I liked playing every day. I never really wanted out of the lineup," Mattingly added. "As I got older, I needed more days. Honestly, Matt's not really there. He's in the prime time of his body and his career and he's probably not needing days, but there are sometimes where we'll see it that he does."