MLB notes: Matt Kemp's return further delayed

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp pops a new piece of bubble gum as he heads out to the...

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp pops a new piece of bubble gum as he heads out to the field during the sixth inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, July 21, 2013. (REUTERS)

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Matt Kemp's return to the majors has been put on ice.

Not because the Los Angeles Dodgers centre fielder has suffered a setback in his recovery from an ankle injury, but because of his struggles at the plate.

"He doesn't feel good yet," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told the Los Angeles Times. "He's not pushing us to say, 'I want to be there tomorrow.'"

Currently with his club's single-A team in Rancho Cucamonga, Kemp is 0-for-11 with five strikeouts so far in his rehab assignment.

Mattingly said Kemp could remain with Cucamonga through the minor league playoffs or could go to the Arizona Instructional League.

Before his injury, Kemp was batting .263 with five home runs and 27 RBIs through 62 games this season.

GARCIA RECALLED

The Atlanta Braves announced Sunday they've promoted 36-year-old righty Freddy Garcia from the minors.

The club said Garcia, who has started more than 350 games in his 15-year MLB career, will primarily be used out of Atlanta's bullpen.

The Braves picked up the Venezuelan from the Orioles last month for cash considerations.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez didn't rule out Garcia making a start.

In 11 games with the Orioles this season, Garcia went 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA.

For his career, Garcia is 155-106 with a 4.18 ERA.

MOORE TO RETURN

Tampa Bay Rays lefthander Matt Moore is set to return to the mound after missing more than a month due to elbow soreness and it couldn't come at a better time for the Rays.

Moore will start Tuesday's game in Anaheim, according to the Tampa Bay Times, with his team trailing the Boston Red Sox by 4 1/2 games in the American League East standings.

The 24-year-old all-star went on the disabled list this season with a 14-3 record through 21 starts. Through less than two full major league seasons, Moore has a 3.62 lifetime ERA and 305 strikeouts in 308 innings pitched.

In addition to Moore's scheduled return, the Rays also promoted 27-year-old outfielder Delmon Young from double-A Montgomery.

BRIEFLY

The Texas Rangers activated designated hitter Lance Berkman and righthanded pitcher Neftali Feliz Sunday ahead of the league's Sept. 1 roster expansion deadline "¦ The Seattle Mariners recalled righty Tom Wilhelmsen from triple-A Tacoma "¦ St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran missed Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with tightness in his lower back, according to MLB.com. The Cardinals also announced they activated No. 2 catcher Tony Cruz from the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Adron Chambers from triple-A "¦ The Cleveland Indians announced they sent minor leaguer Matt Langwell to the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday to finalize the Jason Kubel trade.


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