Wilin Rosario hasn’t played since Saturday due to left hand soreness, but he’s back in the starting lineup for tonight’s game against the Mets. He’ll bat sixth and catch right-hander Wilin Rosario.
Rosario originally suffered the injury last week, but it eventually became too uncomfortable to play through. While the situation gave the Rockies a bit of a scare, an MRI on Monday ruled out a fracture or any other structural damage. The 25-year-old took batting practice yesterday without incident and passed one final test by hitting in the cage this afternoon, though Thomas Harding of MLB.com notes that his wrist was “heavily wrapped.”
Rosario is hitting .244 (20-for-82) with three home runs, 13 RBI, and a .690 OPS through 23 games this season.
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.