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Injury nightmare continues for Matt Kemp

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Matt Kemp admits that he is not sure if he'll be fit to play in the opening game of the season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder had a 2013 to forget with a string of injuries limiting him to 73 games. Hamstring, shoulder and ankle problems left Kemp requiring surgery this off-season in what was his second surgery in as many years.

Despite given significant time to recover, Kemp is reluctant to say whether he'll be fit for the season opener, saying he will only return if he feels 100 percent ready.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times at the team's annual FanFest event, Kemp said: "If I'm ready to play, I'll play. If not, I'm not going to play.

"I don't want to come back at 80 percent and get hurt again. I want to be 100 percent the whole year and give everybody what I can give them with a full year of me being healthy."

Although the 29-year-old says that his shoulder is now pain-free, his recovery from his ankle injury is taking longer.

Yet to run at full strength, Kemp has had to have a special training regime designed for spring training.

Kemp's career highlight was the 2011 season, where he finished MVP runner-up but has played 179 of 324 possible games in the subsequent two seasons due to injury problems.

He hit .270/.328/.395 with six home runs and nine stolen bases in 2013. 

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