With Chase Utley, Enrique Hernandez, and Micah Johnson at second base on the depth chart, new Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has spoken to new signee Howie Kendrick about mixing in some time at third base, Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA reports. Justin Turner is recovering from surgery on his left knee but is expected to be ready for Opening Day. However, the Dodgers likely want to give him some time off so as not to overwork him.
Kendrick has six innings of experience at third base in the major leagues, accrued in one game during his rookie season in 2006. He also logged 66 innings at third base in the minors.
The Kendrick signing hasn’t been made official, but as Stephen notes, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said “the reports that are out there are accurate.” The club inked him to a two-year, $20 million deal on Friday.
Kendrick, 32, hit .295/.336/.409 with nine home runs and 54 RBI in 495 plate appearances with the Dodgers last season.