Yesterday we heard that Trevor Hoffman and the Brewer brass had a little meeting before the game. We now know, thanks to Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel, that the result of that meeting is Hoffman getting some time off to clear his head and fix his mechanics:
Hoffman would spend a couple of days working with pitching coach Rick
Peterson on his mechanics. During that period, Macha said, Hoffman
would not pitch in games at all, much less the ninth inning.
“We’ll see how
things go,” said Macha, who met for several minutes in his office with
Peterson and Hoffman to discuss the situation. “We’ll re-evaluate on
Of course, if the Brewers keep losing it will be Willie Randolph (my personal favorite!) and not Ken Macha making those evaluations.
Update, 7:49 PM ET: The Nationals placed Howie Kendrick on the 10-day disabled list with a right Achilles injury. In a corresponding move, right-hander Jefry Rodriguez was recalled from Double-A Potomac.
Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick was removed from the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Dodgers after injuring his right leg. In the eighth inning, Kendrick tracked a Max Muncy sac fly to the wall, but landed strangely on his right leg and fell to the ground. Unable to put weight on it, he was forced to exit the field on a cart and was sent to undergo an MRI soon afterward, the results of which have yet to be revealed.
While the Nationals have not specified the nature or severity of Kendrick’s injury, Martinez revealed that it’s located in the “lower part” of the outfielder’s leg and appears to be quite severe. He’ll likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list in the next couple of days, though the recovery process could take even longer.
Prior to the incident, Kendrick was off to a hot start this season. Entering Saturday’s doubleheader, he carried a batting line of .302/.331/.477 with 18 extra-base hits and an .808 OPS in 157 plate appearances. He went 1-for-3 on Saturday with a base hit in the seventh inning. Andrew Stevenson subbed in for Kendrick following the injury and has been tabbed to start in left field for the second game of the doubleheader at 8:05 PM ET.