Mike Sweeney is a huggy guy

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MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki has a story up today about how Mike Sweeney likes to give his teammates hugs.  Click through for the video loop of Sweeney giving Jimmy Rollins a bear hug. Note how Rollins does the back-pat thing, which is the universal “this hug is totally a bro-thing; nothing weird about it” gesture. Sweeney isn’t having it, though, and goes in for the full body-to-body hug. Good for him for his commitment!  Sweeney on the hugs:

“I grew up in a family with eight kids, so there was a lot of hugging
going on. I love my teammates, so when we do something good
that’s just how I’m wired. I want to share that love with my teammates.”

No word if Sweeney’s family challenged each other to fights and attempted to blackball one another when they did something bad, but it’s a logical inference to make.

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.