The Dodgers have activated second baseman Howie Kendrick from the 15-day disabled list, Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA reports. Kendrick had been on the disabled list since August 10 with a hamstring injury. He is not in Friday’s starting lineup versus the Pirates but he is available off the bench.
Chase Utley has handled the position for the majority of the time during which Kendrick was absent. Now he’ll slide into a part-time role. The Dodgers have toyed with the idea of Utley at third base, but the veteran has virtually no experience at the position. The last time he made a full effort to play third base was in 2002 as a minor leaguer with the Phillies.
Kendrick, 32, is hitting .296/.341/.418 with nine home runs, 49 RBI, and 57 runs scored in 450 plate appearances this season.
Enrique Hernandez has begun to take away playing time from the struggling Joc Pederson in recent days, but now the Dodgers will have to make due without him for a while.
After leaving Sunday’s game against the Cubs with what was termed as left hamstring tightness, Hernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list this evening. The move says a lot about his status, as rosters are set to expand tomorrow. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times this evening that Hernandez could be sidelined for “at least” two weeks.
The Dodgers are already missing Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig due to hamstring injuries, so it will be interesting to see if they make a last-minute deal before tonight’s waiver deadline. With that in mind, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal speculates that the Dodgers could make a run at Alejandro De Aza, who is also drawing interest from the Giants.
Hernandez has been excellent in a super utility role this season, batting .308/.350/.492 with six home runs and 21 RBI over 201 plate appearances.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly provided a dose of positive news on Tuesday afternoon in Cincinnati, informing Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that second baseman Howie Kendrick could be cleared for minor league rehab games by the end of this week.
Kendrick has been on the disabled list since August 10 with a strained left hamstring. If everything goes according to plan, he should be able to return to the Dodgers’ active roster the first week of September.
Los Angeles landed Chase Utley from the Phillies a week or so after Kendrick went down with the hamstring strain, but Utley is 2-for-14 (.125) so far and batting just .212/.276/.330 in 297 total plate appearances this year at age 36.
Kendrick, 32, was slashing .296/.341/.418 through 105 games this season for the Dodgers, who have dropped their last five and are only 1 1/2 games up on the Giants in the National League West.