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Jason Kendall’s return from shoulder surgery pushed back

Apr 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

Jason Kendall‘s initial recovery timetable following September shoulder surgery had him missing the first two months of the season, but then in February the Royals revealed that he was several months ahead of schedule and might not miss any time at all.

Several setbacks followed, causing Kendall to begin the season on the disabled list, and now general manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that his current return timetable is “sometime in the first half.”

Dutton writes that Kendall’s “recovery from shoulder surgery is no longer on the fast track” and “his anticipated return has been downgraded.” Kendall described his status as “probably about 85 percent” healthy, which isn’t particularly encouraging when 100 percent of Kendall is one of the worst regulars in baseball.

Through six games Matt Treanor and Brayan Pena have alternated starts behind the plate in Kendall’s absence and they already have more homers (1) than Kendall hit (0) in 490 plate appearances last year.

  1. BC - Apr 7, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Did the Royals hire the Mets’ medical staff?

  2. spudchukar - Apr 7, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    This may be the best news the Royals have received thus far this year.

  3. sportsdrenched - Apr 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    This is excellent news. Not that Treanor and Pena are key, but like Aaron said, Kendall is one of the worst players there is.

    Interesting you should mention the medical staff. The injury situation has improved dramaticly since they fired…err Nick Schwarts resigned. Rany, of Rany on the Royals actually had is press credential rovoked for writing a piece about the damage Nick Schwarts did on many a Royals player.

  4. kcroyal - Apr 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Thank god.

  5. clydeserra - Apr 7, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    I don’t understand the problem for the royals? I think it should read “Kendall’s DFA pushed back”

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