The Dodgers' 8-2 loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday may have been punctuated with another disabling injury for the team, as Adam Kennedy could be headed for the disabled list on Wednesday with a right groin injury.
Kennedy pinch hit for reliever Josh Lindblom in the seventh inning and appeared to suffer a groin injury during his at-bat. But he remained in the game after being examined by trainers and grounded a single into right center field, running gingerly to first after the game. It tuns out the groin injury was something Kennedy had been dealing with for quite some time.
"I tweaked it yesterday and it's worse today. I first did it at the end of Spring Training and missed about a week and a half. It got better but never really went away," Kennedy told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "I've been playing a lot lately and it's not good. This kind of stinks."
Gurnick mentioned Elian Herrera and Alex Castellanos is the two most likely to get the call from Triple A Albuquerque to replace Kennedy. Herrera seems best suited for Kennedy's role, which is primarily as a reserve with the occasional start. Kennedy started 35 of the Dodgers' 98 games (21 at third base, 14 at second base), hitting .250/.331/.340 on the season.
But if the role is to play often, Castellanos could be considered, especially since he has started the last three games at third base. Castellanos, who was 3-for-21 with seven strikeouts in sporadic playing time in his first big league stint earlier this season, is hitting .357 in Triple A this year and hit his 11th home run on Tuesday.
However, without knowing whom the Dodgers are targeting on offense with the trading deadline a week away, it's hard to project playing time much more beyond the next seven days.
If he is in fact placed on the DL on Wednesday, Kennedy will become the 17th different Dodger to hit the disabled list this season.