Kendrick running at '50- to 75-percent' in recovery
SEATTLE -- Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick was expected to be back by now, but his hyperextended left knee -- sustained during a collision with right fielder Collin Cowgill on Aug. 5 -- hasn't allowed him to sprint yet and there's still no timetable for his return.
"When it heals, it heals. I can't speed it up, I can't slow it down," said Kendrick, who was eligible to be activated on Wednesday and isn't expected back for the weekend series against the Mariners. "It's just something that's going to heal when it heals. I don't know much about the type of injury; I just know that it has a lot of bruising. My hamstring tendon is pretty sore. Last time I tried to run, it just didn't feel good. I can't really ramp it up the way I want."
Kendrick was doing some agility drills while the Angels were at home, but it was clear that he wasn't ready, so the team has backed away from that to give him more time. He's currently running at what manager Mike Scioscia estimated was "50- to 70-percent" intensity, while taking batting practice and fielding ground balls hit directly at him.
At this point, there's no concern that the injury is more serious than originally anticipated.
"The tests that he had indicate that everything is structurally OK," Scioscia said. "It's just going to take some time."