Kendrick went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Angels. His shots in the third and fifth innings, both off lefty Tyler Skaggs, gave Gio Gonzalez and the Nats bullpen all the run support they would need. Kendrick seems to have fallen into a left-field platoon with Adam Lind for the moment, but the 34-year-old's .386/.413/.727 slash line and four homers in 14 games since joining the club could make it increasingly hard to take him out of the starting lineup.
Kendrick is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Giants, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports. Kendrick will be held out of the starting lineup for the fourth time in the past five games. Adam Lind will draw another start in left field, batting fifth.
Kendrick is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports. Kendrick will take a seat for the second consecutive game, and this will mark his third straight off day given Friday's postponement. There has been no word of any injury at this point, but he was dealing with a sore back earlier in the week, so the Nats could be playing it safe with the 34-year-old to give him some extra rest. Adam Lind, who is currently in the midst of a three-game hitting streak, will draw another start in left field in his place.
Kendrick is not in Thursday's lineup against the Marlins, The Washington Post's Jorge Castillo reports. Kendrick will receive another day off after sitting out Tuesday with back stiffness. The 34-year-old was able to play Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, and is likely getting another day to rest while coming back to full health. In his place, Adam Lind draws the start in left, batting sixth.
Kendrick went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Wednesday's 10-1 rout of the Marlins. After sitting out Tuesday's game with a sore back, Kendrick returned to action and appeared to be completely healthy. The veteran is now hitting .382 (13-for-34) in 10 games since joining the Nats at the trade deadline, and with Jayson Werth (toe) likely not able to return until September, Kendrick should continue to be surprisingly productive as the Nats' regular left fielder.
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