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Jason Kendall set for shoulder surgery

Sep 1, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

Workaholic Jason Kendall is going to have to learn to deal with some time off. He’s slated for rotator cuff surgery Friday that could sideline him into the 2011 season.
Kendall has a tear in his throwing shoulder that manager Ned Yost said he’d need 8-10 months to recover from. Kendall, though, is hoping to start the season on time.
The 36-year-old Kendall finishes the year at .256/.318/.297 with no homers, 37 RBI and 12 steals in 434 at-bats. He had started a major league-high 118 of the Royals’ 132 games behind the plate. Earlier this season, he joined Carlton Fisk, Bob Boone, Gary Carter and Ivan Rodriguez as the only players ever to catch 2,000 games.
Fortunately, Kendall has that foolish two-year, $6 million contract that the Royals gave him last December, so the injury won’t hurt him financially. He may well have had to accept a minor league deal had he been a free agent this winter, but as is, he can look forward to making a cool $3.75 million even if he misses a big chunk of next year.

  1. kcfan - Sep 1, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    With all the talent in the minors I hope the royals are done with the annual free agent signing that doesnt produce. But lets be honest everyone knew he wasnt goin to produce.. He could probably hit a homer at Williamsport but thats about it. No idea why this clown is hitting in the 2 slot.

  2. Joe - Sep 2, 2010 at 8:19 AM

    “everyone knew he wasnt goin to produce”
    The question I have is, why don’t major league general managers have the same acumen of the “average” sports fan? Combine this story with one just below here, in which we are told that Rick Ankiel and Derrick Lee haven’t hit for the Braves. Fans all over the interwebs were asking why the Braves would bother with Ankiel and Lee. Why is the obvious so much easier for the fans to see?
    The next example will be Jeff Francouer.

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