Carlos Gonzalez has resumed most baseball activities four days after being placed on the disabled list, but his injured wrist is still too sore for the Rockies outfielder to begin swinging a bat.
Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that Gonzalez will rest his wrist for at least another 4-5 days before potentially taking some hacks, noting that he “is feeling less pain in the ligaments and tendons but still has pain in the bone” several weeks after initially injuring the wrist running into an outfield wall.
He’d played through the pain while going just 6-for-28 (.214), but Gonzalez aggravated the injury Thursday during a swing and an MRI exam showed inflamed ligaments. Prior to the injury Gonzalez had turned his season around in a big way, hitting .324 with 12 homers and a .974 OPS in 59 games dating back to May 1, but with the Rockies now 48-55 and 11.5 games out in the NL West there’s no reason to rush him back.
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.