Kemp rounding back into form down stretch

Kemp rounding back into form down stretch

Kemp rounding back into form down stretch
LOS ANGELES -- The first few weeks of September didn't exactly go Matt Kemp's way, but things have started to look up for the center fielder entering the final four games of the regular season.

Kemp has gone 15-for-42 (.357) in his last 10 games with four homers, 11 RBIs and nine runs. The slugger had been batting only .115 (7-for-61) in 14 games since hurting his left shoulder and knee after running into the wall on Aug. 28 in Colorado.

"I feel good," he said. "I feel like any other player would feel in the month of September. Everybody is banged up at this moment. You can't make any excuses."

Manager Don Mattingly said he has seen Kemp look more comfortable at the plate and added he wasn't swinging at strikes while trying to do too much earlier this month.

"We know Matt is banged up and stuff is going on," Mattingly said. "He's ready to go everyday."

Just how banged up is the center fielder?

"It's kind of irrelevant how banged up he is and banged up doesn't mean every swing you take hurts," the skipper said. "It means you have trouble getting loose and you are stiff in the morning. If you've got stuff going on, it doesn't mean you can't play and do some things. You still know the guy isn't 100 percent."