Royals Timetable On Jason Kendall's Return Is Too Optimistic

The Royals starting catcher is undergoing shoulder surgery....Read more about it at Royals Review.

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Royals Timetable On Jason Kendall's Return Is Too Optimistic

Royals catcher Jason Kendall, who has a torn rotator cuff, is undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery.

It's generally considered an 8-10 month recovery time.

Here's what Ned Yost said about Kendall's return:

"We're hoping to have him back by the spring," manager Ned Yost said. "We can get him through spring training, we hope, and have him ready for opening day."

Really?

Opening day would be the first week of April. That means Yost is suggesting that Kendall will be back in seven months.

Presumably when folks talk about 8-10 month recovery time they're not talking about 36-year-old catchers. Things like injury and recovery time generally don't get better with age.

The Royals probably need to be realistic about this injury. It seems that his return would, considering his age, be closer to 10 months than seven months.

I understand the optimism but it seems a bit much in this case.

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What The Royals Are Missing With Jason Kendall's Season-Ending Surgery

Written by SB Nation KC's Brian Goodman.

File this one under "who saw it coming?".

Royals catcher Jason Kendall, who started 118 of the team's first 132 games, will miss the remainder of the season after it was reported that he'll undergo shoulder surgery on Friday to repair the rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder. Recovery time is projected at 8-10 months, though manager Ned Yost is hopeful that Kendall will be ready for opening day, which is roughly one month before the most optimistic estimate previously given.

Kendall brought his reputation as baseball's most durable catcher to Kansas City after the Royals signed the 36-year-old catcher to a two-year contract last December. Since arriving, the veteran has been disappointing at the plate as well as behind it. For all his playing time, Kendall tallied just 18 extra base hits on the year - all of them doubles. He provided an element of patience at the plate, but without the pop to keep pitchers honest.

Defensively, Kendall threw out 41 of 152 potential base stealers and committed 13 errors in 2010, his highest total in that category since his rookie season in 1999.

Perhaps the most alarming angle of this development is the fact that Manager Ned Yost admitted that Kendall sustained the injury way back on July 17 while sliding into second base. Yost, who also managed Kendall in Milwaukee to the tune of 285 starts over two seasons, told the Kansas City Star three weeks ago that backup catcher Brayan Pena would receive increased playing time, but didn't acknowledge any sort of injury to Kendall. Pena and rookie catcher Lucas May, who was called up from Omaha on Tuesday, will split playing time behind the plate.

Earlier this season, Kendall became just the fifth player in MLB history to catch in 2,000 games, a testament to his durability.

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Royals C Jason Kendall Done For The Year, Undergoing Shoulder Surgery

The Kansas City Royals iron man, Jason Kendall, is out for the year.

Manager Ned Yost announced the Royals starting catcher would undergo shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff. The injury is expected to take 8-10 month recovery and they hope to have him back in the spring.

A MRI this week revealed the extensive tearing in his rotator cuff, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.

Yost said Kendall suffered the injury July 17 against Oakland on a slide while stealing second base. Kendall responded, initially, to a cortisone shot before aggravating the injury in early August on a check swing in Oakland.

"He got to the point where he couldn’t even raise his arm," Yost said. "He got to the point where he had to take his glove and push his arm back into a throwing position — and he was still throwing runners out.

On Aug. 11, Yost said backup Brayan Pena would be seeing about 15 starts along the last 49 games, perhaps an indication at the time that Kendall's shoulder was bothering him.

The Royals decided now was the best time to do it so that he's ready by spring training. Only question I'd have is why it wasn't done at the beginning of August when they found out that he re-aggravated it? What's the point of leaving him out there the rest of the way?

The Royals also called up catcher Lucas May as part of the September roster expansion.

"We get to see Brayan Peña," Yost said. "And we get to see Lucas May and evaluate his talents and abilities behind the plate. He’s a converted (infielder), so he’s not going to be extremely polished. But he’s a guy who has a chance to be a pretty decent receiver."

Brian Goodman talked more about May coming up in this story.

Kendall has played 118 games this season.

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