Monday, April 02, 2007

Matt Kemp Will Start Tomorrow

From Ken Gurnick at

MILWAUKEE -- When Dodgers manager Grady Little said Monday that Matt Kemp would start in right field Tuesday night against Milwaukee left-hander Chris Capuano, it helped explain why Kemp made the Opening Day roster and James Loney didn't.

It comes down to opportunity. Kemp is a right-handed hitting outfielder, Loney a left-handed hitting first baseman. As long as Nomar Garciaparra is healthy, Loney can hit .380 (as he did last year) or .480 or .580 in Las Vegas and that won't mean there's room for him with the Dodgers. There's only one first-base job, and it's Garciaparra's and it's likely to stay that way through 2008.

Also of note:

  • James Loney is bitter but isn't going to do something stupid like not report to Las Vegas.
  • Rafael Furcal's ankle injury is—surprise!—worse than initially reported.
  • "Yhency Brazoban could be helping the Dodgers before Hong-Chih Kuo."