Not in the starting lineup at the start of the day, Kemp replaced Yasiel Puig who was scratched after a late arrival. It marks his first appearance since September 27th of the injury-plagued 2013 season.
In 73 games in 2013, Kemp hit .270 with 6 homers and 33 runs batted in.
The Dodgers hope Kemp will add offensive depth to the lineup of the defending National League Western Division champs.
The 29-year old is among the Los Angeles franchise leaders in several categories, ranking 6th in batting average, 5th in slugging percentage, and 8th in home runs.
To make room for the two-time All Star, Los Angeles optioned outfielder Mike Baxter to Triple-A Albuquerque. Baxter, 29, appeared in four of the Dodgers’ five games this season.
Scroll down for a look at Kemp's career.
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By age 21, Kemp was a Major Leaguer
A multi-talented player, Kemp seemed to have a high ceiling.
Two years after his 2006 debut, he was an everyday player.
In 2008 Kemp hit .290 and scored 93 runs in 155 games and was on his way to becoming an All Star.
In 2009, Kemp earned his first Silver Slugger Award
A breakout season in 2009 saw Kemp drive in 100 runs for the first time in his career.
He and teammate Andre Ethier was Silver Slugger Awards the same year.
Fifty-seven of Kemp's 180 hits went for extra bases. He hit .297 and finished tenth in the MVP balloting.
Kemp's trophy case includes Gold Glove Awards
Not just an offensive threat, Kemp won the first of his two Gold Glove Awards in 2009.
The center fielder was known for his range and strong arm.
He also received the award in 2011. A healthy Kemp helps the Dodger defense up the middle.
From 2008-2011,Kemp tallied 128 stolen bases
That rare combination of power and speed was on display during the four-year run in which he also averaged more than 27 home runs.
In 2011, Kemp became the second Dodger to record at least 30 homers and 30 steals in the same season.
Raul Mondesi accomplished the feat in 1997 and 1999.
Kemp was all smiles when he received more hardware in 2011
The Hank Aaron award is given each year to the National League's most outstanding offensive performer.
The "Bison" hit .324 and led the senior circuit with 115 runs scored.
A shoulder injury put Kemp on the DL for the first time
From August 2009 through mid-May 2012, Kemp played in 399 consecutive games -- an MLB-high at the time -- before going on the DL.
Kemp believes his shoulder is healthy for the first time in two years.
An ankle injury put Kemp on crutches the same season
The injury necessitated off-season surgery.
Kemp rehabbed in Spring Training but was not ready for 2014's opening series in Australia.
Today's activation coincides with the Los Angeles Home Opener.
A healthy Kemp can still carry a team on his shoulders
If Kemp can perform anywhere near the levels of his last healthy season, the Dodgers could make a deep post-season run.
For now, Kemp is ready to make his 2014 debut.
The sold out home opener is the perfect place for his return.