ANAHEIM - The last time Howie Kendrick came back from a broken bone in his left hand, it took some time before he got his swing back and felt comfortable at the plate.
Kendrick, sidelined since July 9 with a fractured left index finger, was cleared to take early batting practice before Friday's game, and it appears he will begin a rehab assignment when the Angels leave Monday on a weeklong road trip. However, there's no telling how long it will take him to get his groove back.
"I just lost my timing there for a little bit and I've had to figure some things out, adjusting my stance a little bit. As far as my approach in the box, I was getting a little too tall," Kendrick said of going 5 for 40 when he first returned May 23. "Other than that, I think I just went through a mental slump ... I worked my way back up. I think that's one of the (most important) things -- mental toughness. Coming out of this, hopefully I'll be strong enough mentally to be consistent and to stay on time with the ball."
Kendrick hit .349 once he shook off the rust. He said he didn't feel like he rushed his return, and that won't be the case this time, either.
"I can't say whether I'm going to be (on a rehab assignment) for five or 10 days; I don't know," said Kendrick, who could return as soon as the next homestand, starting Aug. 20. "I just know that I'll go play, and however long that takes, it feels good just to be back and be playing again." http://www.pe.com/sports/baseball/angel ... 8ebc9.html
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