An MRI on Howie Kendrick‘s left knee Tuesday revealed a bone bruise and no structural damage, and the Angels will try to wait until week’s end for him to recover before deciding whether to put him on the disabled list or not.
“We’ll give him about four or five days to see how it progresses,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “Obviously he’s very, very sore and very stiff, but we’ll give it a couple days to play out.”
The Angels recalled Grant Green from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday. He is starting at second base against the Texas Rangers and batting eighth. Chris Nelson and Tommy Field can also play the position, and those will be the only options until a decision is rendered on Kendrick.
Scioscia said that Kendrick will travel with the Angels on their seven-game road trip to Cleveland and New York starting Friday.
Kendrick hyperextended his left knee colliding with Collin Cowgill (above) in Monday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rangers.
Left-hander Sean Burnett wasn’t available to pitch Monday, and won’t be until Thursday at the earliest, after experiencing stiffness in his left forearm following a one-inning appearance Sunday.
“I’ve been dealing with it off and on the last two weeks,” Burnett said. “I’m just playing it safe.”
In part because of Burnett’s injury, in part because long reliever Jerome Williams is expected to start Wednesday, the Angels recalled left-hander Nick Maronde from Double-A Arkansas on Tuesday. Infielder Tommy Field was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Maronde on the 25-man roster.
That leaves the Angels with nine relievers and only three position players available off the bench for tonight’s game against the Texas Rangers.
Burnett had surgery to remove bone spurs in his left elbow last October. He said that the tightness in his forearm is part of the recovery process. He’s also made a team-leading 10 appearances in the Angels’ first 18 games, which puts him on pace to pitch in 90 games this season. He doesn’t expect to keep that pace up, but he isn’t complaining either.
“The workload’s been fine,” Burnett said. “It’s more frustrating than anything. When I get out there I feel good.”
Maronde appeared in six games with Arkansas, allowing five runs in 7 ⅓ innings (a 6.14 ERA). Field appeared in three games as a defensive replacement without getting a plate appearance.