Howie Kendrick strained his hamstring in last night’s game

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Lost in the Pirates huge seventh inning rally — and lost in the fact that I didn’t watch the ESPN broadcast because, man, life is too dang short for that — was the fact that Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick was forced to leave the game with a strained hamstring.

Kendrick ran out an infield single, but pulled up lame just before he hit the bag. He left the game with a trainer right afterward. He’ll have an MRI today, but it’s hard to see how he won’t hit the disabled list. It’s been a while, but he has had a history with hamstring strains, for what it’s worth.
Kendrick is hitting .296/.341/.418 with nine homers and 49 driven in for the Dodgers this year. Justin Turner is on the disabled list right now too, so the Dodgers infield is looking pretty sketchy at the moment. Have to figure we’ll see Enrique Hernandez at second for now, or perhaps Darwin Barney, who is playing for Oklahoma City at the moment, with the Dodgers maybe looking around to make a waiver deal if those options doesn’t work out for them.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Joe Kelly suspended eight
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.