Howie Kendrick Back With Angels After Recovering From Hamstring Injury

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Angels Activate Howie Kendrick From DL

Earlier in May, Angels infielder Howie Kendrick made a move to left field to fill in for the injured Vernon Wells. Not long after that, Kendrick developed discomfort in his hamstring that some figured was a consequence of his playing an unfamiliar position. Kendrick had to go on the DL, joining Wells, which was a blow to the Angels' lineup given that Kendrick had been hitting well.

But on Saturday, Kendrick is back. He wound up missing the minimum amount of time, as his injury was never particularly severe. He is to resume playing left field, at least until Wells comes back, at which point the roster situation will be re-evaluated.

Reggie Willits was sent to AAA to clear room for Kendrick. Willits played sparingly, with Bobby Abreu and Alexi Amarista also having filled in in left. Kendrick returns to a .908 OPS and seven home runs, which is the third-highest total on the team behind Mark Trumbo and Torii Hunter.

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Howie Kendrick Injury Sends Second Baseman To DL; Angels Sign Russell Branyan

The Los Angeles Angels made a pair of moves today, first placing second baseman Howie Kendrick on the DL with a right hamstring strain, and second signing and activating slugging-when-he-makes-contact first baseman Russell Branyan, who was recently let go by the Arizona Diamondbacks. While it's not as if Branyan will fill in at second base -- though that would sure get me to watch more Angels games! -- he does take Kendrick's roster spot.

Kendrick was off to a fantastic start for the Angels, hitting .322/.388/.520 over 177 at-bats, but he tweaked his hamstring last Thursday. While he was originally day-to-day, the Angels just couldn't wait around any longer. In Kendrick's absence, the Angels have been using a combination of Maicer Izturis and Alexi Amarista at second base.

Branyan will likely help out at first base, alongside powerful rookie Mark Trumbo in some approximation of a lefty/righty platoon. 

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