Jason Kendall’s return from shoulder surgery pushed back

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Jason Kendall’s initial recovery timetable following September shoulder surgery had him missing the first two months of the season, but then in February the Royals revealed that he was several months ahead of schedule and might not miss any time at all.

Several setbacks followed, causing Kendall to begin the season on the disabled list, and now general manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that his current return timetable is “sometime in the first half.”

Dutton writes that Kendall’s “recovery from shoulder surgery is no longer on the fast track” and “his anticipated return has been downgraded.” Kendall described his status as “probably about 85 percent” healthy, which isn’t particularly encouraging when 100 percent of Kendall is one of the worst regulars in baseball.

Through six games Matt Treanor and Brayan Pena have alternated starts behind the plate in Kendall’s absence and they already have more homers (1) than Kendall hit (0) in 490 plate appearances last year.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.