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Nationals place Howie Kendrick on IL with hamstring strain

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The Nationals placed infielder Howie Kendrick on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday, sending their Opening Day cleanup hitter to the shelf with a left hamstring strain.

Washington, which had the day off Wednesday, didn’t announce a corresponding move. Kendrick had been battling hamstring issues for most of the season, forcing manager Davey Martinez to rest him for several days at a time. He also saw limited action in the field; Kendrick has started six games at first base compared to 19 at the designated hitter spot this year.

Kendrick, 36, re-signed with the Nationals last offseason on a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2021. The veteran infielder was hitting. 275 with two home runs and 14 RBIs on the season before missing the Nationals’ last three games. The move was retroactive to Sunday, so he’ll be eligible to return by Sept. 16.

With Kendrick sidelined, the Nationals will likely turn to Asdrúbal Cabrera to split time with the left-handed Eric Thames at first base. It’s not clear how Martinez will pencil in his batting order after shuffling around the lineup a few times over the last week, but the hot-hitting Brock Holt could be a candidate to hit behind stars Trea Turner and Juan Soto with few other obvious options on the roster.