Kendrick lands in D.C.
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.