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Washington Nationals: Howie Kendrick placed on 10-Day DL with achilles injury; Jefry Rodriguez recalled...

Another day, another injury for the Nationals, who placed Howie Kendrick on the DL after he was injured in this afternoon’s game against the Dodgers.

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Heading into this afternoon’s game, Howie Kendrick had a .297/.337/.486 line, 22 doubles, and 11 home runs in 91 games and 335 plate appearances since he was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies back in July 2017 trade.

Kendrick was 45 for 149 (.302/.331/.477) this season, with 14 doubles and four home runs in 39 games, getting significant time with all the injury issues the Washington Nationals have been dealing with over the first months of the season.

Now Kendrick is hurt too. He tracked a fly ball to the track in left field towards the end of the Nationals’ series opener with the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon, and took an awkward step right before making the catch, stumbled as he threw it in, then sat down on the field as he tried to assess the damage.

Kendrick had to be carted off the field, but the extent of the injury was unclear when Davey Martinez spoke to reporters in the manager’s post game press conference after the game.

Martinez could only say the injury was to the, “... lower part of his leg.”

“By the time we got in after the game he was already gone to get an MRI,” he explained, “so we’ll know more after.”

“All he said was he stepped down and he felt something, so we just told him to stay down.”

It’s just the latest injury to hit the Nationals, of course, but as Martinez said, they still have to go out there and play.

“It’s definitely a blow, but we’ve to get 25 guys, and those 25 guys got to keep playing, and hopefully we get him back as soon as possible.”

Before the start of the second game with the Dodgers, the Nationals announced Kendrick was being placed on the 10-Day DL with a right achilles injury, and Jefry Rodriguez was up from Double-A Harrisburg to help out of the bullpen, though if he was in D.C. and in time to take part in tonight’s game was unclear.

Rodriguez, 24, has a 4.35 ERA, 17 walks, and 42 Ks in 39 13 IP for Harrisburg this season, in what is his seventh season in the Nationals’ minor league system.