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Dodgers OF Kemp doubtful for Australia

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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, who is recovering from offseason ankle and shoulder surgery, might not join the team in Australia for the start of the regular season.

The Dodgers travel to Australia to open the season against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23.

Manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times that it is unlikely Kemp will be healthy enough to make the trip next month.

"We're not hopeful for Australia," he said.

Mattingly believes Kemp will undergo an MRI next week to find out if he can start running.

Without Kemp, the Dodgers still have Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier and Yasiel Puig in the outfield.

Kemp, 29, had a batting line of .270/.328/.395 with six home runs, 33 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 73 games in 2013. He was coming off shoulder surgery, but continued to have problems with the shoulder as well as dealing with ankle and hamstring injuries.

After returning from Australia, the Dodgers resume the regular season March 30 against the San Diego Padres.
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