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Howie Kendrick | Second Baseman | #12

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 7/12/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: St. John's River CC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 10 (0) / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Howie Kendrick hit his first home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Rockies.
Rockies starter Chad Bettis didn't make many mistakes on this night, but Kendrick deposited one over the wall in center field in the fifth inning to get the Nats on the board. It would end up being the only run they would muster in the loss. Playing in the place of the injured Daniel Murphy, the 34-year-old Kendrick has acquitted himself nicely, batting .349/.378/.558 in 11 games. Even when Murphy returns, the Nationals will surely have incentive to get his potent bat into the lineup a few times a week. Apr 12 - 11:51 PM

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Howie Kendrick paced the Nationals with two hits in Wednesday’s loss to Atlanta.

Kendrick singled in the fourth, then went hitless until the 11th when he came through with an RBI double to deep center. That plated Bryce Harper with the game-tying run, though the Nats would later lose 5-3 in 12 innings. Kendrick has been starting at second base, though he’ll shift to a utility role once Daniel Murphy returns from his knee injury.
Apr 11 - 6:13 PM

Howie Kendrick (leg) said he'll be available off the Nationals' bench Tuesday versus the Braves.

Kendrick was removed from Monday's series opener against Atlanta due to right leg tightness and he is out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, but he got treatment and said he is "good to go." Wilmer Difo will start at second base and bat seventh Tuesday night against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz.
Apr 10 - 3:55 PM

Howie Kendrick (leg) is out of the Nationals' starting lineup Tuesday against the Braves.

Kendrick made an early exit from Monday's series opener versus Atlanta after his right leg tightened up on him. It doesn't sound like a serious issue, but Wilmer Difo will get the start at second base and bat seventh Tuesday night against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz.
Apr 10 - 3:09 PM

Howie Kendrick departed Monday's game against the Braves after his right leg tightened up on him.

We don't have any more specifics than that, but it doesn't sound like anything more than a day-to-day situation. Kendrick is off to a .343/.378/.486 start at the plate this season.
Apr 9 - 9:50 PM

Howie Kendrick went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI against the Braves on Monday.

After a resurgent 2017, Kendrick is 5-for-14 (.357) through his first three games this season. There’s not going to be much room for fantasy value when Daniel Murphy (knee) returns, but he’s a solid stopgap option in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 2 - 10:55 PM

Nationals signed outfielder Howie Kendrick to a two-year, $7 million contract.

The Nationals are getting a perfectly decent regular here at a bargain price and making him their fourth outfielder ahead of Brian Goodwin, who already looked like a pretty good fourth outfielder himself. They're now really well protected in case Adam Eaton or Bryce Harper gets hurt or if Michael Taylor struggles to hit like he did last season. What's disappointing for prospect hounds is that Victor Robles now seems a whole lot less likely to luck into 300-400 at-bats this year.
Jan 18 - 5:07 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Nationals have reached a two-year, $7 million deal with free agent Howie Kendrick, pending a physical.

This confirms a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today. It's a very reasonable price tag for the 34-year-old Kendrick coming off an excellent year where he batted .315/.368/.475 with nine homers and 12 steals over 91 games while playing in the infield and outfield. He should be an active utility player in his return to Washington. According to Rosenthal, the deal could max out at $9.25 million with incentives.
Jan 15 - 11:44 AM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Nationals are nearing an agreement with Howie Kendrick.

It's expected to be a two-year, $7 million deal to return to Washington. Kendrick played all over the infield and outfield last season and would give the club some insurance for Daniel Murphy (knee) at second base. The 34-year-old rebounded with a strong .315/.368/.475 batting line over 91 games between Washington and Philadelphia in 2017.
Jan 15 - 11:03 AM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets view Howie Kendrick as a potential fit at second base.

The Mets would reportedly like to add a strong veteran presence to the clubhouse, which Kendrick would provide, and he also would add versatility with his ability to play multiple infield positions as well as the corner outfield.
Jan 7 - 9:05 PM

Howie Kendrick was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Pirates due to hamstring tightness.

Kendrick felt the hamstring acting up prior to Thursday's game, so his early exit was for precautionary reasons. He was 0-for-1 before being lifted. Consider Kendrick day-to-day.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 10:49:00 PM

Howie Kendrick ripped a solo home run Tuesday in Philadelphia.

It was the only run and one of just four base hits that the Nationals managed against Jake Thompson and the Phillies' bullpen. Kendrick has entered the night hitting only .182/.250/.212 over his last 10 games, so hopefully the longball will get him going.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 10:13:00 PM

Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored in a loss to the Phillies on Saturday.

He cracked a solo shot off starter Mark Leiter Jr in the first inning. Kendrick started the season with the Phillies and was sent to the Nationals in a deadline trade for a minor leaguer. He missed a good chunk of the season due to injury but has been very good at the plate when able to play. He sports a .332/.385/.500 slash line with eight home runs and 39 RBI in 76 games. He's chipped in 12 stolen bases to give his fantasy value a nice boost.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 12:04:00 AM

Howie Kendrick went 2-for-4 with a bases-clearing triple, a walk, and three runs scored in Monday’s blowout 11-2 win over the Marlins.

His triple could have easily been ruled as an error on Christian Yelich, but fantasy owners aren’t complaining. Kendrick was excellent when healthy with the Phillies this season and he has kept it going since a trade to the Nationals, batting .348 (31-for-89) with five homers and 21 RBI over 27 games with his new club.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 10:57:00 PM

Howie Kendrick went 3-for-4 with an RBI as the Nationals dropped the first game of Sunday's twin bill against the Mets.

Kendrick came through with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning that pulled the Nationals to within two runs at 5-3. He has been extremely impressive when on the field this season, slashing a robust .342/.390/.511 with seven homers, 34 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 64 games.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 05:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Matt Wieters
2Pedro Severino
3Jhonatan Solano
4Raudy Read
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
3B1Anthony Rendon
LF1Adam Eaton
2Moises Sierra
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Joaquin Benoit
7Matt Grace
8Sammy Solis
9Carlos Torres