Milton Bradley to undergo knee surgery next week

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Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley was placed on the disabled list in late July with a diagnosis of patellar tendinitis in his right knee.  Soreness, in other words.  On Saturday, the issue got a bit more serious.

According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Bradley will undergo exploratory surgery on his right knee Tuesday and is likely to miss the remainder of the 2010 season.  Because the procedure isn’t totally defined, there’s no way of knowing if he can totally be ruled out.  But he’ll need to rest and rehab for at least six weeks and the calendar is moving awfully close to October.  Bradley was asked Saturday about a possible return date:

“I’ve got nothing to say,” he replied.

The 32-year-old turned in a .205/.292/.348 batting line, eight home runs and 29 RBI over 244 at-bats this season.  He’s under contract for $12 million in 2011, but he had a poor showing this year and the Mariners may try to move him this winter in a salary dump.  At least, that would make sense.

Howie Kendrick to undergo an MRI after exiting game with a serious leg injury

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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.

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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.