Ken­drick lands in D.C.

The Washington Post Sunday - - BASEBALL - — Chelsea Janes

Some of Howie Ken­drick’s first mo­ments as a Na­tional were spent on the field, tak­ing early bat­ting prac­tice with new team­mates — most of them in­jured — and test­ing out the left wrist that was hit by a pitch ear­lier this week. Ken­drick said he is still sore, but not sore enough to pre­vent him from mak­ing an ap­pear­ance Satur­day night — and dou­bling as a pinch hit­ter in the sixth in­ning — to fur­ther a Na­tion­als rally.

De­spite hit­ting the ground run­ning, Ken­drick didn’t even have a name­plate above his locker as of a few hours be­fore game time, and hadn’t yet found Baker for an in­tro­duc­tory chat.

“I’ve been a fan of Dusty’s for a long time. I’ve al­ways ad­mired from afar of the way he man­ages and just been a fan of the Na­tion­als, too,” Ken­drick said. “It’s re­ally cool to come here. It’s prob­a­bly one of my fa­vorite cities in the United States. I love his­tory and I love the his­tory that D.C. has. And to be able to come here and play for this team — it’s a dream come true.”

Wash­ing­ton ac­quired Ken­drick from the Phillies for Class A lefty McKen­zie Mills late Fri­day.

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