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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Royals lose Kendall to shoulder injury


Well, at least this shouldn't terribly impact Project 2012:



The more things change ...

Have you noticed lately that the best organizations don't encourage their players to play hurt? That the best organizations understand that injured players cost you wins today because they're not playing well and in the future because they'll wind up on the DL?

After suffering the shoulder injury on July 17, Kendall started 33 of the Royals' next 41 games. After aggravating the injury in early August, Kendall started 19 of the Royals' 24 games.

Now, this might have made sense if the Royals didn't have any reasonable option.

They did, in Brayan Pena.

This might have made sense if Kendall wasn't signed for 2011.

He is. The Royals owe Kendall $3.75 million next season.

This might have made sense if Kendall was indispensable in 2010.

He hasn't been. The Royals' pitchers have struggled all season, Kendall's throwing arm is just fair, and of course he can't hit. At all.

The Royals were foolish to sign Kendall for two years in the first place. But once they had him signed, they had every reason to keep him healthy for as long as possible.

They didn't. At all.