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Martin Prado doesn’t think former teammates should have asked out of Miami

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Former Marlins outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich both requested to be traded as new ownership prepared to cut payroll. Stanton was traded to the Yankees and Yelich went to the Brewers. Dee Gordon was also traded to the Mariners and Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals.

What’s left in Miami is a skeleton of what used to be a meaty roster. Veteran Martin Prado is now one of the most valuable players on the club, which FanGraphs is projecting to lose 97 games this season. Prado, though, doesn’t think Stanton and Yelich should’ve bailed on a team facing austerity. Via Clark Spencer and Andre C. Fernandez of the Miami Herald:

For me, it’s a little radical, just thinking of guys doing that. That’s why it just hurt me. Everybody’s got their way to think about trades, and where you’re going to play, and where you want to be. [But] I wasn’t allowed to speak until I got some time in.”

Prado added that he “respected” his former teammates’ decisions and added, “I’m not judging anybody. I love them. And we’re going to miss them.” But he’s totally judging.

Prado’s comments indicate the rather common incidence of players advocating against their own interests. Players having the leverage to demand trades — to hold teams accountable — is a good thing, as is conversely having a no-trade clause. Suggesting that players shut up until they “get some time in” is only doing ownership’s bidding for them. As we’ve seen, with the current labor strife, that’s been happening a lot lately. (And, by the way, Stanton has put “some time in” with eight seasons under his belt.)

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Stanton is now on the Yankees, who are projected to win 91 games. He’s probably going to experience playoff baseball this year. Prado, entering his 13th season, has played in exactly one playoff game in his career: the infamous 2012 NL Wild Card game between the Braves and Cardinals, which his Braves lost. If he had been more of an advocate for himself, he might have earned a World Series ring at some point in the last decade.

Howie Kendrick to undergo an MRI after exiting game with a serious leg injury

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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.

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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.