Kendrick not quite ready for starting lineup

Kendrick not quite ready for starting lineup

LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick wasn't in the starting lineup for the fourth straight day on Sunday against St. Louis, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the veteran should be back Monday.

"He was going to get some ground balls and get some [batting practice today], but we're hoping for him tomorrow," Mattingly said prior to Sunday's series finale. "Howie's just not quite ready. We're not going to throw Howie back in there until we feel pretty comfortable. We don't want him to play one and then miss two or three. We're hoping to get to the point where Howie can just play again."

Kendrick entered Sunday's game in the seventh inning as part of a double-switch, striking out in his first at-bat since suffering a right knee sprain while sliding into third base in a game on June 3 against the Rockies. He entered Sunday hitting .285 with five home runs and 23 RBIs this season.

In his stead, Kiké Hernandez started four consecutive games at second base. Hernandez was 5-for-10 in the three games while filling in for Kendrick at second base prior to Sunday's game.

Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.