The Los Angeles Angels could soon get Howie Kendrick back. The 30-year old infielder has long been an important part of the Halos' offense, but he has been on the DL since hyperextending his knee at the beginning of the month. However, he is closing in on a return.
According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Kendrick worked out with the team before yesterday's game. That's a positive sign that he is nearing a return from the DL, but Gonzalez says Kendrick is not quite ready to come off the DL. Kendrick is still nursing his knee back to 100 percent after avoiding what could have been a far more serious injury.
Kendrick suffered the hyperextended knee when he collided with Angels' outfielder Colin Cowgill on a shallow pop fly. It was a freak incident, but Kendrick was fortunate to walk away without a tear of the knee.
The Angels have under contract through the 2015 season, and for good reason. He has been one of the club's more consistent hitters. This season, Kendrick is hitting .301/.341/.437 this season. Overall in his eight-year career, Kendrick is a .293/.330/.429 hitter. He was an All-Star in 2011.
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