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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.