While Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick’s
knee injury wasn’t initially deemed significant, it turns out that the ailment
is enough to require at least a 15-day stint on the disabled list. The Angels
made the move official last night, and while Kendrick told reporters –
including Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com – that the situations “sucks,”
unfortunately it wasn’t something he could avoid.
"It sucks, but there's nothing you can do about
it," said Kendrick, who was having somewhat of a career year with a .301/.341/.437
slash line. "You play the game hard, sometimes injuries happen. It was
something that I couldn't avoid."
Kendrick suffered his knee injury on Monday night during a
contest against the Texas Rangers. He was ranging back to track a fly ball when
he was hit in the right knee by outfielder Collin Cowgill’s forearm. Following
the collision, Kendrick went down in obvious pain and had to be helped off the
It was later determined that Kendrick hyperextended his knee, but further testing revealed that the second baseman avoided more extensive damage. While manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that Kendrick made
“a little progress” over the past few days, it wasn’t enough to where the
Angels thought he could avoid a trip to the DL.
"He's made a little progress, but in talking to [head
athletic trainer Adam Nevala], it's not the type of progress you'd hope to see
where he might not have to go on the DL," said Scioscia, who still has to
determine a corresponding move. "We'll have a decision on that at some
point in the next day."
Kendrick is once again putting together a solid season for
the Angels, hitting .301/.341/.437 with 16 doubles, four triples and 11 home
runs over 451 plate appearances.
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