Howie Kendrick to Begin Rehab Assignment

The Phillies have been really bad. This has moved most discussions about the team to focus on how to fix the Phillies. In the wake of Daniel Nava’s injury and Michael Saudners’ poor start the focus has shifted to calling up Roman Quinn. It does appear the Phillies have some outfield help on the way, just not in the form of the 24 year old speedster. Instead this happened today.

I don’t blame anyone for forgetting about Howie Kendrick, especially with the emergence of Aaron Altherr. Kendrick hit well for the first 10 games of the year (.333/.395/.487), but he has not played since April 15. His absence, and now Nava’s injury, has forced the Phillies to use Ty Kelly and often a 4 man bench for much of the last month. Not that the Phillies want to be constantly bench their struggling young players, but this has left them with very few options for giving players time off without putting an inferior lineup on the field. We don’t know how the Phillies will use Kendrick when he is back with the team, but he has been seeing defensive reps all over the field. His versatility when used in concert with players like Aaron Altherr and Andres Blanco give the Phillies plenty of room to restructure their lineups both before and during games.

Kendrick’s return does not preclude the Phillies from making a more impactful move (like a call up). Even if the Phillies are conservative with his playing time, he should see close to 5 starts a week, which will eat up many of the available plate appearances. However, if we are talking about an outfield prospect, like Quinn, that overlap should be only be about 2 games a week if the Phillies really are committed to moving Kendrick around the diamond. This move won’t fix the Phillies, and we don’t know how long this assignment will be (the max is 20 days), but every bit counts.

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  1. Mike Fassano

    May 24, 2017 03:27 PM

    Questions. Does Klentak just have bad luck with signing off season trade chips (Morton, Hellickson, Buccholz, Saunders, Kendrick, Benoit, Nava, etc.), or is his thinking flawed? Do other rebuilding teams employ this strategy and rake in prospects at the deadline? Why on Earth are we wasting spots on the 40 man roster with Kelly, Morgan, and Garcia? Why don’t the Phillies promote Kingery to AAA? Last year I felt the Phillies Promoted Crawford to AAA too soon, do you agree? Do you have any idea how Tyler Goeddel is doing or where he is? I felt like he was coming on last year, but when Asche was activated, Goeddel disappeared. Of all the prospects the Phillies have, which three are closest to the Show? I’d say 1) Quinn, 2) Hoskins, 3) Lively. Quinn, because of his speed. If he puts his bat on the ball, he get his share of hits. Hoskins because he uses all three fields and seldom gets himself out. Lively because he wins. I don’t care what his ERA is. He goes deep into the game and usually wins, unlike Eickhoff who gives up a run in the first inning, and the game is over.

    • Steve

      May 24, 2017 04:49 PM

      Hellickson signing worked out for us. Morton was unlucky, Bucholz was probably a bad decision since Tobias has had success, but really everyone thought he was expendible (Crawford). Benoit has no been good, but Neshek has. Saunders has always been streaky, maybe hes comming out of his funk, but i can’t stand to watch his AB’s so far this year. Kendrick was on fire before the injury. The way i look at it hes 3 out of 6 in those deals. Thats not too bad. We notice the failures because we are Phillies fans. We notice other team’s successful signing because we hear about them but not their failures. Last year corey dickerson was a failure, look at him now.

      • Mike Fassano

        May 24, 2017 05:12 PM

        You say 3 out of 6. Where? We still have Hellickson. We weren’t offered anything last year at the deadline, do you expect a top prospect this year? Neshak has been very good, but even a contender won’t offer much for him. “Maybe Saunders is coming out of his funk”. Maybe the moon is made of green cheese too.

      • Steve

        May 25, 2017 07:43 AM

        Hellickson was their best SP last year, thats a successful acquisition. Neshek is two. Kendrick may be three, we wont know until he returns, but as I said, he was killing the ball so far so good.
        I already agreed with you on Saunders, just pointing out that his first half and second half last year showed two very different players. So far he has looked like the worse version.
        Just because a player isnt flipped doesnt mean it was a bad signing. If a player performs well, and isnt blocking a major piece of the future, then its a good acquistion.
        If Nola, VV, Eickhoff, Thompson, and Eflin were all healthy and having success in the Majors, then i would agree that Hellickson is creating a log jam. Thats not the case.
        If Altherr continues to hit well but loses playing time to Kendrick then ill agree, i doubt that will happen.
        Even Benoit isnt blocking anyone.

      • TommyDigital

        May 25, 2017 08:19 AM

        “Just because a player isnt flipped doesnt mean it was a bad signing.”

        It sure does when the purpose of those signings was to get value back. Remember, they’re not trying to contend as is clear to see on tv 6 times a week.

      • Steve

        May 25, 2017 09:24 AM

        Even if you aremt contending, you need to play 162 games. Who would have taken Hellickson’s place last year? Morgan? Asher?
        Are you honestly saying youd have rather them “saved” the money they have Hellickson and watched Morgan every 5th day?
        I agree we should be exploring trades for these guys, but just because it doesnt happen doesnt always mean it was a bad signing. Especially for a team with so much room under the cap.

      • Michael C Lorah

        May 25, 2017 09:57 AM

        I agree with Steve. Hellickson did a good job last year, with more mixed results (great April, lousy May) this year. Neshek’s done a very good job. Even Benoit has been okay (few hits, few homers, but the walks have gotten him into some trouble). Yes, in an ideal world, you’d flip them for a prospect, but if a decent trade return isn’t there, getting quality innings from them is still valuable. They are buying development time for the kids – I know some people just want the kids in the majors today, but when I look at Velasquez, Eflin, Pivetta or Thompson’s Major League ERAs, I can definitely see the argument for letting them hone their craft. Lively doesn’t have overpowering stuff either, so we’ll see if he fares better when he gets his call-up.

        It’s funny/ironic to me that when Franco or Herrera struggle for a bit (Franco is obviously more concerning, as his track record of success is all too brief – Herrerra had a fallow period last year as well, but had a great year overall. I’ll trust his track record for now.), everyone wants to send them down to figure things out, they need more development time. But the kids that are still in the minors, those same fans can’t say often enough that those kids should be showing us what they can do in the bigs.

      • TommyDigital

        May 25, 2017 10:35 AM

        As far as letting them “Hone their craft”…who is the last pitcher in the phillies system that has “honed a craft” in the last 15 years?

      • Romus

        May 25, 2017 02:49 PM

        TDigital….I can think of just four starters off the top of my head….Cole Hamels, Brett Myers , Carlos Carrasco (in the Phillies minors for 5 years), and JA Happ.

    • Romus

      May 24, 2017 06:18 PM

      Tyler Goeddel back in AA ball….did not fare well in April in AAA.
      Doing well however at Pensacola in a SSS: .319/.396/.928

  2. boomerbubba

    May 24, 2017 08:18 PM

    Alright, the Phillies need pitching and hitting.

    • TommyDigital

      May 25, 2017 08:20 AM

      LOL…Other than that we’re good…Ball Park in solid condition

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