In the midst of another anemic offensive performance, another bullpen meltdown and yet another defeat at the hand of the
Kendrick had missed four consecutive games because of an ailing right knee but said recently he was confident the injury would not send him to the disabled list.
Before Saturday’s game, Manager
Before the first pitch Sunday, Mattingly said he was hopeful Kendrick would be back in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the
With the Dodgers leading, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs in another nail-biter, Mattingly performed a double switch, pulling starter
Kendrick showed some rust in his first plate appearance back, sending a bat flying into the stands after a swing and striking out on a foul tip, but his return to an offense that has struggled mightily over the last two weeks was welcome all the same and means the team is primed for a breakout, catcher
“The good thing is, you want to keep on hitting hard balls,” Grandal said. “The guys that have been hitting are still hitting. Joc [Pederson]’s still hitting, [
Kendrick is batting .284, fifth among
"Not real sure to say one thing or the other," Mattingly said when asked why his team was having trouble scoring runs. "We've got to consistently just continue to have good at-bats and get guys back in there."
Sunday night, the Cardinals' rallied with three runs in the eighth inning.