LOS ANGELES -- Matt Kemp hasn't made much progress with his sprained left ankle, but fellow Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford returned to the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Yankees after missing three games over the weekend with an illness.
Kemp has started hitting off a tee, but his ankle is still swollen and he's only been able to support 20 percent of his body weight while running on an anti-gravity treadmill. He played catch in the outfield at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, but appeared to be favoring his ankle.
The Dodgers aren't sure when Kemp will be able to test his ankle with more strenuous workouts, and he still wears an immobilizing boot in the clubhouse. Kemp, on the disabled list for the third time this season, sprained his ankle in an awkward slide at the plate on July 21 in Washington.
"It wasn't a minor sprain, it was a little bit more than that," said Dodgers manager Don Mattingly. "It's not broken, and it's not something that's not going to get better. It's going to get better. It's just going to be a matter of time."
Crawford was sent to the emergency room on Friday, when his body temperature rose to 102 degrees because of a throat infection. He started feeling ill on Thursday morning, but was well enough to play and had three hits against the Reds. Crawford had not played since.
"I was worried," said Crawford, who is still taking antibiotics.
Crawford was in the leadoff spot Tuesday against Yankees left-handed pitcher Andy Pettitte. The outfielder has a seven-game hit streak, going 14-for-33 (.424) with three doubles and three RBIs during that stretch to break out of a 2-for-30 skid.
Dodgers weighing options for Fife's return
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have a decision to make this week regarding right-handed pitcher Stephen Fife, who has been rehabbing in the Minor Leagues.
"He's making another start, we're just not sure where," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said on Tuesday.
Fife, on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis, made his second rehab start with Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday, striking out seven in six innings. He allowed three hits and one unearned run. Fife's next start could be in the Majors, Mattingly said.
If the Dodgers decide to add Fife to the rotation, Chris Capuano would likely move to the bullpen. Capuano tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Reds on Sunday. The left-hander has been up and down since coming off the DL in June, with four scoreless outings and three starts in which he allowed at least five earned runs.
Capuano is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in seven starts since coming off the DL. Fife was 3-3 with a 2.20 ERA over his past seven starts before going on the DL earlier this month.
"We just don't know where we go with this at this point," Mattingly said. "Cappy threw the ball well the other day."
Fife is working out in Arizona at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, along with Dodgers reliever Jose Dominguez.
Dominguez, on the DL with a left groin strain, has been limited to throwing from flat ground.
Dodger Stadium screening 'The Sandlot' Sept. 1
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will screen the classic baseball film "The Sandlot" at Dodger Stadium following a Sept. 1 day game against the Padres.
As part of the film's 20th anniversary celebration, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will be donating $25,000 to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to refurbish its 29th Dodger Dreamfield in 2013.
Director David Mickey Evans, producer Cathleen Summers and cast Patrick Renna "Ham," Chauncey Leopardi "Squints," Marty York "Yeah-Yeah," Grant Gelt "Bertram," Victor DiMattia "Timmy," Shane Obedinksi "Tommy" and Daniel Zacapa "Police Chief" will be on hand for the game and the movie screening. There will be a question-and-answer session on the field with Evans and the cast prior to the screening.
A ticket to the game includes the screening of the movie, which is rated PG.
Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.