Dodgers’ Howie Kendrick faces big hurdle in hamstring rehab Saturday.

Howie Kendrick

Howie Kendrick still hasn’t been able to run at full speed since straining his left hamstring on Aug. 9. (Associated Press photo)

SAN DIEGO — Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick, who’s been on the disabled list since Aug. 10 because of a strained left hamstring, will attempt to run the bases at full speed tomorrow in Arizona. So far, Kendrick hasn’t been able to clear that important hurdle.

However, if Kendrick can run at full speed, a minor-league rehab stint would follow, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

We haven’t gotten to the point of talking about where he’s going to play, or how many, any of that,” Mattingly said.

In one scenario, Kendrick could get into some Pacific Coast League playoff games for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The OKC Dodgers begin a five-game series against Round Rock on Sept. 9.

Regardless, Kendrick appears close to playing games somewhere. Chase Utley has been the Dodgers’ primary second baseman in the meantime, starting 10 of the last 12 games, while Jose Peraza has started the other two. Those two are batting .250 (10-for-52) with seven extra-base hits in Kendrick’s absence.

Unless something would happen to him, he’s going to be back here” before the end of the regular season, Mattingly said of Kendrick. “I don’t want to jinx it, but Howie’s going to be back.”

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.