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Report: Dodgers exploring trading Howie Kendrick

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers are exploring trading veteran Howie Kendrick, a former second baseman who has moved to the outfield as well as occasionally handling other infield positions. Rosenthal adds that Kendrick has grown increasingly frustrated with his role with the Dodgers.

Rosenthal suggests that the Phillies and Angels are possible trading partners to acquire Kendrick from the Dodgers. The Phillies are searching for short-term upgrades, while the Angels specifically need a second baseman. Kendrick, of course, spent the first nine years of his career with the Angels, and Phillies GM Matt Klentak was the Angels’ assistant GM during Kendrick’s later years with the team.

Kendrick, 33, had his worst offensive season, finishing with a .255/.326/.366 triple-slash line along with eight home runs and 40 RBI in 543 plate appearances.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.