Brewers won't exercise Doug Davis' $6.5M option for '11

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Here comes the least shocking news you’ll hear all weekend.

Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this afternoon that Doug Davis’ $6.5 mutual option for 2011 will not be exercised

Melvin and Co. signed Davis to a one-year contract last winter in the hope that he would bring a strong veteran presence to what looked to be a weak Milwaukee rotation.  That plan flopped immediately as Davis went 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in eight starts.  He was shut down for the season in early September due to heart and elbow issues.

The Brewers, as a whole, have posted a hideous 4.71 team ERA in 2010.

Davis, 35 next week, could have real trouble finding a spot in a starting rotation for 2011.

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.