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Jason Kendall | Catcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (43) / 6/26/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 192
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 1992 / Rd. 1 (23) / PIT

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Jason Kendall announced his retirement from baseball Tuesday.
Kendall, 38, signed a minor league deal with the Royals last week and appeared in two games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, but he has decided to call it quits. The three-time All-Star will walk away from the game with a .288 lifetime batting average to go along with 2,195 career hits over 15 seasons between the Pirates, Athletics, Brewers, Royals and Cubs. Tue, Jul 24, 2012 03:46:00 PM

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Royals signed C Jason Kendall to a minor league contract; assigned him to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Kendall hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2010 and just turned 38 years old. He seems doubtful to climb all the way up to Kansas City this summer.
Thu, Jul 19, 2012 11:22:00 AM

Royals activated C Jason Kendall from the 60-day disabled list.

Kendall missed all of this season following major surgery on his right shoulder and ultimately had to undergo another operation. The 37-year-old's career is likely over.
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 03:35:00 PM

Jason Kendall has been diagnosed with two tears in his rotator cuff and will undergo surgery.

"That takes him out of the picture for this year and out of the picture for next year," Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday. "I think it’s more a quality-of-life surgery so he can have function in his shoulder." The 37-year-old Kendall seems likely to hang up his cleats for good.
Thu, Jul 7, 2011 06:31:00 PM

Jason Kendall (shoulder) is headed to the Royals' spring training facility in Arizona to begin a rehab assignment.

There's still no timetable for his return, but if he continues to progress, he seems likely to be ready sometime around the All-Star break. Kendall is recovering from major surgery on his right shoulder.
Sun, Jun 19, 2011 12:49:00 PM

For the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery last September, Jason Kendall took batting practice on Monday.

If he continues to progress, Kendall could begin a rehab assignment by the end of June, though there is no timetable for his return. The Royals are teetering on respectability this season and could use a healthy Kendall in their lineup.
Tue, Jun 7, 2011 05:34:00 AM

Jason Kendall (shoulder) isn't sure when he'll be ready to come off the disabled list.

"Early June, mid-June, July," Kendall said. "Whenever I'm ready to go, whenever I can catch four days in a row and have a day off and catch the next day is when I'll go." back in spring training, Kendall had hoped to be ready for Opening Day, but that became unrealistic after he developed soreness in late March. "I have zero pain, which is really good, because I had a lot two weeks ago," Kendall said. "And I have zero now."
Fri, May 6, 2011 08:29:00 PM

Royals transferred C Jason Kendall from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Kendall underwent surgery on his shoulder in early April and is not expected to return to action for another month. The move clears a roster spot for Eric Hosmer.
Thu, May 5, 2011 05:44:00 PM

There's no timetable for Jason Kendall's return from shoulder surgery.

And it doesn't appear as though there's any sense of urgency following the recent acquisition of Matt Treanor. "He's just gaining strength in that shoulder," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "He was really pushing early, but I think now that we've got Treanor, he feels better about where we're at. So he's just now doing it right and getting it strong." Kendall will stay behind in Kansas City this weekend to work with physical therapist Jeff Blum and will likely go out a minor league rehab assignment once he's ready for game action. He's unlikely to return prior to late-April or early-May.
Wed, Apr 6, 2011 03:26:00 PM

Royals placed C Jason Kendall on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury.

Kendall is still recovering from September surgery on his right shoulder and probably won't be ready for regular action until late April. Matt Treanor and Brayan Pena will serve as Kansas City's season-opening catching duo.
Wed, Mar 30, 2011 06:03:00 PM

Jason Kendall has experienced some soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder.

The Royals are calling it a minor setback, but they'll delay his return at least a week. "It’s just a little sore," Kendall said. "Nothing major – and it’s been better the last two days. But it’s pushed everything back about a week. It was pretty much my decision. I’m not going to go into a game situation until I’m 100 percent with my body. I could push it, and I am pushing it, but I don’t want to have a major setback." Kendall will return to Surprise, Arizona about a week after the season starts to play in some extended spring training games. The timetable for his season debut has been pushed back to late April, at the earliest.
Sat, Mar 26, 2011 01:48:00 PM

Jason Kendall (shoulder) is expected to open the year on the disabled list but should be ready for game action by mid-April.

Kendall's recovery from shoulder surgery has gone exceedingly well to the point that it was thought that he might be ready for Opening Day, but the Royals will give him a few extra weeks. Brayan Peña and Lucas May will handle the catching duties while he works his way back.
Sun, Mar 20, 2011 10:02:00 AM

Jason Kendall (shoulder) caught four innings and had three at-bats in a minor league intersquad game Monday.

"[It went] a lot better than two days ago," said Kendall, who caught his first intersquad game Saturday. "I felt real good today. Today is a lot bigger step for me today than the other day. I was a little bit sore waking up this morning, and I was really curious to see how it was going to go." It was viewed as a longshot initially, but the 36-year-old backstop hasn't ruled out being ready for Opening Day.
Mon, Mar 14, 2011 09:44:00 PM

Jason Kendall (shoulder) will participate in an intrasquad game Saturday.

It's the first time he's tested his surgically-repaired shoulder in game action. If all goes well, he'll try to play in a real game sometime next week. Kendall is still likely to begin the year on the DL, but his recovery has gone way better than expected.
Sat, Mar 12, 2011 11:29:00 AM

Jason Kendall (shoulder) is hoping to begin making throws to second base soon.

"I'm playing a lot of long toss, and that's going to happen very soon," he said Wednesday. "It's coming along very good." The veteran Kendall is aiming to play in his first spring game around March 18. He has been slowed by his ongoing recovery from September shoulder surgery.
Wed, Mar 9, 2011 04:33:00 PM

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