Tag:Jason Kendall
Posted on: September 3, 2010 10:53 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 11:11 pm

Kendall's shoulder worse than expected

Jason Kendall
It hurts just reading about the operation Royals catcher Jason Kendall went through Friday.

Going under the knife for what was supposed to be a rotator cuff tear, Kendall, 36, turned out to need more extensive repair.

"They had to repair three of the four muscles. Two of them were torn completely off the bone, the other one was torn to the point where they had to repair it," manager Ned Yost told reporters.

The timetable for the veteran catcher's return was pushed from eight to 12 months due to the extra damage. Yost said the team was committed to not rushing Kendall, but also said he was hopeful he could resume playing in April (four months ahead of schedule), which doesn't really make any sense, but then again Yost won't be the one making the determination.

Kendall, one of just five players ever to catch 2,000 games (Ivan Rodriguez, Gary Carter, Bob Boone, Carlton Fisk), is a maniacal workaholic, and he probably won't retire until someone physically drags him off the field. But sometimes you have to wonder why guys keep playing. He's made $80 million playing baseball, and the battering his body has taken in 15 years catching in the bigs will affect him for the rest of his life. Surely there's a tropical resort somewhere that's a whole lot more appealing than a year of grueling rehab whose best outcome means toiling another year for the Royals.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 12, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 5:45 pm

Pena to get more time behind dish

Brayan Pena With 105 games to his name, Jason Kendall has played in 92 percent of Kansas City's games -- near-unheard of for a catcher. Yadier Molina has played in 103, Brian McCann (99), Russell Martin (97) and A.J. Pierzynski (92). Mike Napoli has played an even 100, but he has also seen a lot of time at DH and first. Joe Mauer has 99, but has seen time at DH.

Kendall hit for a .271/.333/.320 line in 340 plate appearances prior to the first half, which is in line with his previous years. However, in the second half, he's slipped to .222/.293/.247 in 93 PAs. For a 36-year-old playing this often, that's a rather predictable falloff.

That's why backup Brayan Pena (pictured) is going to start getting some time, manager Ned Yost tells the Kansas City Star . Pena has just 59 plate appearances on the season, hitting for a lousy .173/.254/.212 as a 28-year-old. Last season, he hit .273/.318/.442 in 183 trips to the plate.

"I want to give Brayan a better look than we’ve given him," Yost said. "He’s really worked his tail off. He’s done a great job. He’s had eight starts [at catcher before Wednesday], and I’m going to try to give him 15 between now and the end of the year at least."

If it's exactly 15, that means Kendall will play in about 74 percent of Royals games the rest of the way.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 23, 2010 7:06 pm

Bad call gives Strasburg his first L

Stephen Strasburg Stephen Strasburg suffered the first loss of his career on Wednesday, losing to the Royals 1-0. However, the game wasn't without controversy as home plate Hunter Wendelstedt killed a sixth-inning Nationals rally with a bad call at the plate.

With runners on first and second in the sixth, Adam Dunn singled to right and Roger Bernadina tried to score on Kansas City right fielder Jose Guillen. Guillen's throw was to the first-base side of home, Royals catcher Jason Kendall wheeled and placed the tag on Bernadina, apparently late, but Wendelstedt called him out.

With the naked eye, the play wasn't even close. Bernadina looked like his left leg slid past the plate by the time Kendall tagged him on the right knee. Replays showed Kendall tagged Bernadina on the left foot, but not before he touched the plate.

That was the second out of the inning and then Ian Desmond struck out against Brian Bannister to end the inning.

Bannister outpitched Strasburg, allowing five hits and no runs, while striking out four and walking two in six innings. Strasburg was no slouch, though, also going six, striking out nine and allowing nine hits, while walking none and giving up a run in the fifth. Strasburg is now 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his his first four starts -- a major league record.

Guillen's two-out RBI single in the fifth inning off of Strasburg plated the only run of the game.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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