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Kendrick avoids major injury to knee

Angels second baseman's MRI shows no structural damage

ANAHEIM -- The Angels don't know how long they will be without second baseman Howie Kendrick, but they received some good news on Tuesday.

A day after Kendrick strained his left knee colliding with Collin Cowgill in shallow right field, an MRI exam revealed no significant damage.

Kendrick, who was on crutches following Monday's 5-2 loss to the Rangers at Angel Stadium, is hitting .301 with 47 RBIs and hopes to avoid his first trip to the disabled list since May 2011. He will be reevaluated at the end of the week.

"We'll give him about four or five days, see how it progresses," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "As far as structural damage, it looks like he's OK. Obviously, he's very, very sore, very stiff, but we'll give it a couple days to play out and see what direction we are going to go."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for
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