Groin injuries are never fun things to be dealing with, but it’s something that second baseman Howie Kendrick has been trying to fight through for a little while now. It’s limited him to just two spring games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will need him out there very soon to get ready for the season.
Kendrick was almost not re-signed by the team, as it was reported that they were looking more for the draft pick compensation attached to him than actually retaining his services. But they ended up re-signing him to a two-year contract in January. However, this groin injury has not been kind to him.
Second baseman Howie Kendrick (groin), who has been limited to two games this spring, is expected to return early this week.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that groin injuries can tend the linger. However, the hope is that he had enough time off that it eventually let the groin ailment start to heal itself fully. Then again, with the way this offseason has gone for the team when it comes to injuries, it probably won’t be fully healed yet.
Kendrick hit .295 in his first season in Los Angeles — like, actually in Los Angeles and not just with a team that plays in Anaheim but has Los Angeles in their name. He also slugged nine home runs and drove in 54 runs. Kendrick has always been able to hit, and it’s his most polished tool.
Still, with that said, Kendrick will be turning 33 years old in July, and maybe the wear-and-tear of playing all those seasons and all those games is starting to finally take a toll on his body. We hope not, though. With all the other injuries going on, the Dodgers cannot afford to have him out too long. But it does appear that he’ll be back early next week.