Los Angeles Angels Can't Catch A Break As Howie Kendrick Nearly Does (Literally)

By Thom Tsang
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Though not necessarily for the lack of trying, the Los Angeles Angels couldn’t find a taker for Howie Kendrick‘s services at the MLB trade deadline.

Now, they won’t be without his services for at least a few days either … and potentially a whole bunch more:

So yeah, I think you could say that the team has good reason to believe that the baseball gods just may not be on their side in 2013.

Though the team and the their second baseman are both taking an optimistic approach to the ailment, it should be noted that the injury — which occurred in right field when he collided with teammate Colin Cowgill — did not look particularly pretty, as Kendrick needed help to leave the field.

In  fact, just based on face value, most would have thought that an immediate trip to the DL would have been the more appropriate response, so maybe the Angels did get a bit of a break here in a backwards kind of way?

While the Angels were perhaps exploring the idea of trading Kendrick at one point as both salary relief and to acquire the pitching that they desperately need, the fact remains that at 2.5 fWAR he’s been at team’s most consistent performer outside of the amazing-as-usual Mike Trout.

So, losing him at this point for any extended period of time would be a just one more knockout blow to the 51-60 team’s hopes of translating their gargantuan payroll into postseason baseball, of course.

They’re not quite mathematically eliminated by any means and there’s still nearly two months of baseball left, but at 12.5 games back the division (10.5 in the Wild Card) and their momentum trending the wrong way … it’s not looking good, and the injury (or injury scare as it were) to Kendrick only serves to drive home the point.

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