MLB notes: Dodgers' Kemp cleared to run

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been cleared to run after ankle surgery in October....

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been cleared to run after ankle surgery in October. (Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 7:33 PM ET

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp's recovery from October ankle surgery moved to another phase this weekend as he was cleared to increase his on-field activities.

Kemp has been limited to running on a treadmill, taking batting practice and fielding ground balls in the outfield through the first three weeks of spring training. But the latest MRI and examination of his left ankle showed sufficient healing for him to increase that activity and begin doing some running on the field.

"Stan (Conte, Dodgers' vice president of medical services) categorized this as step five of seven steps," manager Don Mattingly said. "There's still a couple stages to go through before he's ready to play in games."

Mattingly and Kemp emphasized that there is still no timetable for when Kemp will be cleared to take that step.

The Dodgers will break camp in Arizona on March 16 and fly to Australia for a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23. Kemp will not make that trip but could stay behind and continue his rehab at Camelback Ranch by playing in minor-league games or simulated games arranged on the minor-league side of the Dodgers' complex.

CHOO OUT WITH SORE ARM

Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is day-to-day with arm soreness.

Engel Beltre is in left field in place of Choo for Sunday's exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox in Surprise, Ariz.

Assistant general manager Thad Levine described Choo's soreness as "spring training arm." Specifically, Levine said Choo's triceps are sore, but there is no serious injury related to the soreness.

"It's probably more muscular than anything, but we're going to give him a day or two to let it calm down," Levine said.

The Rangers signed Choo to a seven-year, $130-million deal in the off-season. Choo is expected to be the Rangers' left fielder and leadoff hitter.

GUILLERMO MOTA RETIRES

Right-handed reliever Guillermo Mota announced his retirement after 14 seasons in the big-leagues.

Mota, who did not pitch last year, was a non-roster spring training invitee of the Kansas City Royals.

Mota, 40, had a career 3.94 ERA over 743 big-league appearances with the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants. He played on the Giants' World Series championship teams in 2010 and 2012.

Mota led all National League relievers in innings pitched in 2003 and 2004.

He was suspended twice by Major League Baseball for performance-enhancing drugs. He was banned 50 games in 2007 while with the Mets and 100 games in 2012 with the Giants.

NO TIMELINE FOR GREINKE

There is no timetable for when Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke will return from a strained right calf, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Greinke sustained the injury Thursday. He made just four pitches against two batters in his spring-training debut before exiting with the injury. He played catch and walked without limping Friday.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday his status has not changed.

Greinke caused somewhat of a stir last week when he said he had no interest in traveling to Australia for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

But the Dodgers' No. 2 starter backtracked on Thursday, saying he would like to make a start in Sydney. He is likely to pitch in Australia if he is healthy but the injury clouds those plans.


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