Coffee and Clippings: Matt Kemp says playing on opening day is up in the air

Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) of the LA Times writes that Matt Kemp is saying that playing on opening day is up in the air…

Matt Kemp said Saturday he might not be ready to play on opening day, insisting he didn’t want to repeat the mistake he made last year of rushing back from injuries.

The Dodgers are starting their season about a week earlier than usual, with a two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23. They will play their domestic opener April 1 in San Diego.

Kemp is recovering from a major operation on his left ankle, as well as a minor procedure on his previously repaired left shoulder.

Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) of the Boston Herald asks if David Ortiz’s post-38 production warrants a contract extension…

Let’s make one thing clear: This isn’t a matter of respect.

After 11 seasons, 373 home runs and three World Series titles, the Red Sox recognize David Ortiz as a franchise icon, to say nothing of a symbol of this (expletive) city and the region at large. It’s safe to say No. 34 won’t be worn by any others again at Fenway Park, so the notion of Big Papi getting less respect than Rodney Dangerfield is as laughable as Tom Brady being alone on Valentine’s Day.

No, this is all about risk.

Bill Center of UT San Diego reports that a few key players for the Padres will be limited during spring training…

Less could be more this spring as the Padres try to position themselves for a faster start to the regular season and – hopefully – a run for a playoff berth.

Several national observers this past week ranked the Padres among the contenders for a National League wild card berth.

But to attain the next level, the Padres need to get off to a faster start than they did in 2012 and 2013. And to achieve that, they are going to have to leave spring training healthy.

Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) of the Dallas Morning News quotes ex-manager, Joe Mikulik, saying that paying $12,000 for Russell Wilson was the ‘best investment we’ve made’…

The Texas Rangers paid $12,000 to obtain a Super Bowl quarterback, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, from Colorado in the minor-league draft.

“Best investment we’ve made,’’ Joe Mikulik said. “I can’t wait to see the effect he has on our players. He’ll be great.”

Mikulik knows first-hand what Wilson brings to a baseball clubhouse.

Before joining the Rangers, Mikulik was a manager in the Colorado organization. In 2011, in the Class A South Atlantic League, his roster included Wilson, a raw but gifted second baseman entering his first full professional season. Wilson had also played quarterback at North Carolina State.

Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) of ESPN Los Angeles talks about first year Dodger Alexander Guerrero…

The Dodgers’ newest every-day player was asked if he plays with a similar style to his Cuban compatriot, Yasiel Puig.

“No, different … different,” Alexander Guerrero said. “He plays a little bit, as we say in Cuba, aggressively. I’m more calm.”

Having arrived in the United States for the first time just two weeks ago, Guerrero — wearing a fresh, white No. 7 jersey, a thick gold chain and loafers with no socks — certainly looked cool and composed on Friday while mingling with Dodgers fans at Homeboy Industries in Chinatown, a stop on the team’s yearly charity caravan.

Hunter Stokes (@Stokes_Hunter21) of MLB Reports breaks down and compares the ages of the Yankees and Red Sox…

I am not a Yankees fan, and am definitely not a Red Sox fan either, however it is funny how this rivalry has captivated most baseball followers.

After this winter signings have occurred, I finally decided to do some investigating, because of all the venom fired towards the Bronx Bombers.

Immediately after Carlos Beltran signed, you saw, ‘hey, the Yankees are signing old fogies again.’

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