The Nationals didn’t specify what happened to Kendrick’s right Achilles other than he injured it, which was obvious when he was carted off the field in the eighth inning of Saturday’s opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park. Playing left field, Kendrick suffered the injury when he made a catch at the wall. He dropped to the ground in pain after throwing the ball into the infield and didn’t walk on it.
The worst-case scenario is a ruptured Achilles, which would end Kendrick’s season and be a significant blow for the soon-to-be-35-year-old’s career. Kendrick has played second base most of the season in Daniel Murphy’s absence, but he’s a capable left fielder and the fifth Nationals outfielder to land on the disabled list between Class AAA Syracuse and the big leagues over the past six weeks.
He joins Adam Eaton (ankle) and Brian Goodwin (wrist) on the big league disabled list, while Rafael Bautista (knee) and Victor Robles (elbow), both of whom have spent time in the majors, suffered major injuries playing for Syracuse.
Rodriguez, 24, has never appeared in a game above the Class AA level, though he spent time in big league camp with the Nationals during spring training. The 6-foot-6 Dominican posted a 4.35 ERA and struck out 9.6 batters per nine innings in eight starts for Harrisburg. He hasn’t pitched since Monday, so he could give the Nationals length out of the bullpen should they need it.