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Dodgers News: Howie Kendrick Leaves Game With Hamstring Strain



Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports
Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports

UPDATE (Aug. 9, 9:01 p.m PT) According to JP Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Howie Kendrick will know more about his injury tomorrow:

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Howie Kendrick was acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to provide veteran presence and a consistent bat in the lineup.

To this point, Kendrick has been exactly as advertised, hitting .293 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs in 104 games. He’s been solid defensively and has slotted in a few spots in the lineup. Since August 1, the former All-Star is hitting .364 out of the two-hole.

On Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kendrick pulled up lame after beating out a grounder for an infield single. He immediately removed himself from the game and KikΓ© Hernandez replaced him at first.

According to JP Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, Kendrick has been diagnosed:

It’s unclear at the moment how bad the strain is and if Kendrick will miss significant time, but usually with hamstrings, it’s not a short-term injury. Yasiel Puig missed about two months earlier in the year with a hamstring injury.

If Kendrick is out, Hernandez could handle the duties at second with no problems. In Triple-A, the Dodgers have Darwin Barney and Darnell Sweeney, who are not on the 40-man roster, and newcomer Jose Peraza, who is on the 40-man roster. Sweeney and Peraza have yet to play in the Majors, while Barney is a solid defensive player that has won a Gold Glove.

More details will follow as they are announced.

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Written by Vincent Samperio

Vince is currently the Associate Editor and Social Media Manager for Dodgers Nation. Hailing from San Pedro, CA and a student at Cal State Long Beach, Vince has previously written for the Daily 49er and LASF Magazine.

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