Matt Kemp began his rehabilitation assignment with the Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Thursday by grounding out to second base in his first at-bat.
Serving as designated hitter, the Dodgers’ center fielder is scheduled to get four or more at-bats tonight as part of his scheduled three-game stint with the Quakes against the Seattle Mariners’ affiliate High Desert Mavericks.
In the at-bat, Kemp hit a 1-0 pitch that one-hopped into the glove of High Desert second baseman Anthony Phillips, who had no trouble throwing out Kemp.
Kemp, the 2011 National League MVP runner-up, has been sidelined since spraining his left ankle in a home-plate collision July 21. The Dodgers are 28-8 in his absence.
He received a warm greeting of applause from the Quakes' fans before stepping to the plate.
High Desert’s pitcher is right-hander Stephen Landazuri, 21, a Rialto Carter High product drafted in the 22nd round in 2010.
Kemp said before the game he’s concentrating more on his swing than his ankle.
"The ankle’s good,” Kemp said. “I just need to get some at-bats. That’s why I’m here: get your timing back."