Kendrick has gone 3-for-10 with a walk and an RBI through his first five Grapefruit League games entering play Tuesday.
The Nationals have used Kendrick at designated hitter, first base and second base this spring, which essentially aligns with what manager Dave Martinez had laid out for the veteran earlier this spring. Per Jessica Camerato of MLB.com, Martinez doesn't plan to expose Kendrick to third base until late in spring training, as the Nationals plan to have prospect Carter Kieboom and Asdrubal Cabrera compete for the top job at that position throughout camp. Kendrick's age and injury history means the Nationals won't ask him to be an everyday player on the right side of the infield, but his elite contact skills should make him a fixture in the lineup versus lefties and allow him to see occasional work against righties, too. The 36-year-old was instrumental in the Nationals' run to the World Series last season, slashing .344/.395/.572 with 17 home runs in 370 plate appearances.
Kendrick will remain with the Nationals on a one-year, $6.25 million deal, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The deal also includes a mutual option for 2021, per Jamal Collier of MLB.com. The 36-year-old enjoyed a renaissance for the World Series winners last season, hitting .344/.395/.572 (good for a career-high 146 wRC+) over 370 plate appearances. Statcast doesn't think he overachieved at all, giving him a .622 expected slugging percentage on the back of an excellent 48.3 percent hard-hit rate. His fantasy value in 2020 will depend in large part on how many opportunities he gets, but he seems to be a good bet to be quite productive when available.
Kendrick is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the World Series against the Astros on Friday.
Kendrick was named the NLCS MVP and started each of the first two games of the World Series when Washington had the DH available in an AL park, going 2-for-9 with an RBI. Asdrubal Cabrera gets the nod at second base in his place.
Kendrick is expected to slot in as the designated hitter for the first two games of the World Series against the Astros, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
With Kendrick set to serve as the designated hitter for Game 1 and 2, Asdrubal Cabrera and Brian Dozier are the top two candidates to see time at the keystone. Kendrick was named the NLCS MVP and is 11-for-38 with a home run, nine RBI and six runs scored through 10 postseason contests.
Kendrick went 1-for-5 with a grand slam in Wednesday's 7-3 extra-inning victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
Kendrick made his lone hit one to remember, crushing a Joe Kelly offering 410 feet to center field in the 10th inning to complete a Washington comeback and send the Nationals to the National League Championship Series. It was Kendrick's only extra-base hit of the series, but the 36-year-old demonstrated during the regular season he still has plenty of juice in his bat by slashing .344/.395/.572 with 17 home runs in 334 at-bats.
Kendrick remains on the bench for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against Philadelphia.
Kendrick struck out as a pinch hitter in the first game of the day. Matt Adams (shoulder) starts at first base for the nightcap.
Kendrick is not in the lineup for the afternoon portion of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
Kendrick has moved into a starting role at first base, starting five of the last six games prior to Tuesday's contest. Ryan Zimmerman gets the nod for the first game Tuesday, but he's unlikely to be asked to start twice in one day, so there's a good chance Kendrick is back in action for the nightcap.
Kendrick went 3-for-4 with a walk, a triple, a solo home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Cardinals.
Getting the start at first base, Kendrick racked up three hits for the third time in his last four starts. The 36-year-old is slashing a blistering .429/.474/.714 through 13 games in September, and with the Nats fighting for a playoff spot and Matt Adams (shoulder) not 100 percent, Kendrick could find his way into the lineup more frequently down the stretch.
Kendrick went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Nationals' 7-0 win over the Braves on Sunday afternoon.
Kendrick was a major spark for the Nationals on Sunday; he knocked a two-run single in the third inning and followed that up with a solo shot to left in the fifth. After not starting the first two games of this series, Kendrick got the nod at first base and was a key contributor to a much-needed win for the Nationals. The 36-year-old now sports a triple slash of .336/.386/.559 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 337 plate appearances. Kendrick has not been an everyday starter all season, but with numbers like those, he should continue to see a fair amount of chances as the season winds down.
Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in a 7-2 win over the Cubs on Saturday.
Kendrick drove in a run in the third inning with a single and added an RBI double in the ninth to complete the scoring. For the season, he's slashing .327/.380/.561 with 14 homers across 269 at-bats.
Kendrick is starting at first base and batting fifth Saturday against the Cubs.
Kendrick is in the lineup for the third consecutive day, the first time that's occurred since he was activated off the injured list Aug. 12. He's been effective, collecting five hits -- including three for extra bases -- in 10 at-bats through the first two starts.
Kendrick went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI in Thursday's win over the Pirates.
He's started only two of the last eight games, but Kendrick went yard in both of them. On the season, the veteran utility player is slashing a sizzling .323/.376/.558 with 14 homers -- his highest total since 2011 -- and 53 RBI, but once Ryan Zimmerman (foot) rejoins the roster, Kendrick's playing time will shrink even further.
Kendrick went 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Saturday's 15-14 extra-innings loss to the Brewers.
His performance typified the kind of night both lineups were having -- Kendrick didn't even enter the game until the sixth inning as part of a double switch, and he still reached base four times in the 14-inning marathon. The veteran utility player has started only one of five games since coming off the injured list, though, and with Ryan Zimmerman (foot) currently finishing up a rehab assignment, Kendrick's outlook for playing time down the stretch appears bleak.
The Nationals reinstated Kendrick (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Before moving to the IL earlier this month with the mild hamstring strain, Kendrick had thrived in a part-time capacity with the Nationals this season, slashing an impressive .316/.367/.526 with 12 home runs in 275 plate appearances. Though he's ostensibly healthy again, Kendrick's lengthy injury history makes it unlikely he'll be counted on to take on a sizable role over the final two months of the season. Expect the 36-year-old to see most of his starts against left-handed pitching while working in the short side of a platoon at first base with Matt Adams.
Kendrick was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, retroactive to Aug. 1, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Kendrick was scratched from Friday's lineup with leg cramps but the injury has been re-classified as a hamstring strain. According to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, there's no real concern for the veteran infielder as he isn't scheduled to undergo an MRI and should return after the 10-day minimum.
Kendrick was scratched from the lineup Friday against the Diamondbacks due to leg cramps and remains out Saturday, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
Kendrick was originally slated to start Friday with lefty Alex Young on the mound for Arizona but was a last-minute scratch, with Matt Adams starting at first base despite the platoon disadvantage. Gerardo Parra starts at the position Saturday with another lefty (Robbie Ray) on the mound.
Kendrick went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to Atlanta.
With Ryan Zimmerman (foot) on the injured list and Matt Adams (foot) also not 100 percent, Kendrick has started five straight games and gone 8-for-21 (.381) with three two-baggers, although he's failed to record an RBI during that stretch. Adams could be back in action by the weekend, but Kendrick's hot streak could be enough to earn him more than the short side of a platoon at first base going forward. Kendrick will be out of the lineup for Wednesday's series finale, however, as Gerardo Parra draws the start at first base.
Kendrick got the start at DH during Wednesday's loss to the Orioles and went 0-for-4.
It was only his third start through 11 games in July, as Ryan Zimmerman's return from the IL and Brian Dozier's recent success at the plate have cut down Kendrick's main paths to at-bats. The veteran utility man is still hitting .353 (6-for-17) on the month, but Kendrick's fantasy value will be restricted to deep NL-only formats unless he can find his way back into the Nats' starting lineup consistently again.
Kendrick is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.
Kendrick will be on the bench for consecutive days after having previously drawn four straight starts. Three of those starts came in contests in which the Nationals had the designated hitter spot available, but Kendrick looks likely to remain on the bench more often than not when the team plays in National League parks. Kendrick's lack of an everyday role is a frustrating reality for fantasy mangers while he maintains a magnificent .323/.376/.562 slash line for the season.
Kendrick went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Braves.
Kendrick recorded a single during the Nationals' two-run seventh inning before adding a walk and stolen base -- his second of the season -- two innings later. The utility man is now slashing .362/.455/.596 with three home runs, 10 RBI and a 7:4 BB:K through 16 games this month.
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