Kent on Dodgers' schedule and his knee
Leave it to Jeff Kent to say something obvious that no one else in the Dodgers’ clubhouse will dare say: That the team has been helped by its schedule.
“We’re fortunate enough to play some struggling teams,” Kent said Wednesday night. “A lot of teams have their September guys up that are trying to get their time in and their feet wet, and we’re trying to win something. Collectively, we’re playing well, but the other teams, that might not be their ‘A’ team because they’re either beat up –- like San Diego’s beat up –- or because a lot of September guys are playing.”
The Dodgers’ last victory over a team with a winning record was on Aug. 17, when they beat the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kent, who collected a pinch hit single on Wednesday night in his first at-bat since Aug. 29, said he’s still experiencing discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee.
“I wish I was feeling healthy,” he said. “I’m still having trouble running around. I still have a ways to go. Hitting seems to be the only thing I can do right now. But I’ll get through it.”
-- Dylan Hernandez
Photo: Jeff kent sits on the bench inbetween innings against the Colorado Rockies Omar at Dodger Stadium on June 3, 2008. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times