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Matt Kemp's return could be delayed

LOS ANGELES – Matt Kemp hasn't had any physical setbacks in his return from an ankle injury, but he hasn't felt comfortable at the plate and the Dodgers are exploring other ways to extend his minor-league rehab assignment.

Kemp is 0-for-8 with three strikeouts in two games for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Rancho's season ends Monday, but the Quakes are in the lead for a playoff spot and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Kemp could play games there or in the instructional league in Arizona.

Kemp has at least two more scheduled games in Rancho Cucamonga.

"From listening to [trainer] Stan [Conte], Matt's saying he's not comfortable baseball-wise," Mattingly said. "Matt's not going to want to come back if he's not swinging the bat well."

Kemp's return will create an awkward arrangement of four everyday outfielders for three spots.

* Umpire Greg Gibson pulled Mattingly aside during Friday night's game and told him the maroon bats used by Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez may not comply with Major League Baseball rules. He also said the Dodgers are not allowed to stand in the camera well during games.

According to the Dodgers, all the bats their players use are pre-approved by MLB.

Here are lineups for Saturday's game vs. the San Diego Padres:

San Diego

1. Chris Denorfia RF

2. Will Venable CF

3. Jedd Gyorko 2B

4. Jesus Guzman 1B

5. Kyle Blanks LF

6. Logan Forsythe 3B

7. Ronny Cedeno SS

8. Rene Rivera C

9. Andrew Cashner RHP

Dodgers

1. Carl Crawford LF

2. Yasiel Puig RF

3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

4. Hanley Ramirez SS

5. Andre Ethier CF

6. Juan Uribe 3B

7. Skip Schumaker 2B

8. Tim Federowicz C

9. Chris Capuano LHP