Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick is on the road to recovery, and that road will begin with a minor league game down at Rancho Cucamonga with the Quakes, the Dodgers’ Class-A Advanced affiliate. It will be a good test for Kendrick to see where he is at in this process.
Kendrick has been dealing with a calf issue since the latter half of spring training, and Los Angeles decided that it would be best to start the season with him on the disabled list in an effort to let him work out the ailment at the lower levels before returning to the big league club. It looks like he might be close to coming back.
From Doug Padilla, a beat writer for ESPN dot com:
Howie Kendrick scheduled to play in a minor league game tonight at Rancho. Quakes' opening night.
— Doug Padilla (@DougPadilla) April 7, 2016
The good news for the Dodgers is that it appears that Howie Kendrick could be coming back right on time. The original plan was for Kendrick to return on April 12, which is the team’s home opener. Los Angeles is the last team in baseball to have their home opener, which is kind of crazy in its own right, and Kendrick was slated to be due back then.
Kendrick obviously isn’t alone on that hopeful return date. After all, catcher Yasmani Grandal has the same return date planned for him, as well. If all goes according to plan, both players will be back with the team in a few days. Hopefully they stay healthy, and hopefully neither one has a setback.