Kendrick ready to answer Angels' call
Second baseman feels fine day after cramp sat him down
ANAHEIM -- Howard Kendrick's left hamstring, which cramped before Sunday's game at Dodger Stadium and forced him out of the lineup, is back to normal, the Angels' second baseman said on Monday night."It's fine now," Kendrick said. "It wasn't because of anything I did on the baseball field. It just happened, and it was really painful until we got it worked out. I'll be ready if they need me." Kendrick, who hit .290 on the road trip in 31 at-bats with one mammoth home run in Seattle, was kept out of the lineup in Monday's series opener against the White Sox for precautionary reasons. Chone Figgins made his second straight start at second, with Robb Quinlan at third. Quinlan has been in a nice groove with five hits in the past two games, and he's a .305 career hitter against lefties. Heading to the mound for Chicago in the opener was southpaw John Danks. Figgins had been almost exclusively a third baseman this season until the weekend series at Dodger Stadium. He played briefly in left field when manager Mike Scioscia went to a five-man infield late in Saturday night's 10-inning loss to the Dodgers, and the shift to second gave him a reason to line up three gloves -- one each for the outfield, third base and second base -- in front of his locker before Monday night's game. "It felt a little weird playing there again," said Figgins, who has played 112 games in his career at second base. "It was actually kind of fun going back out to the outfield, to left, for a few minutes the other night. But I'm a third baseman now. That's where I'm comfortable." He's also feeling good in the batter's box. Figgins carries a 12-game hitting streak into the series, batting .396 during the run to raise his average from .246 to .293. He's two shy of his career-high 14-game streak, set in 2007 when he batted .330. "I'm a line-drive hitter, like most of the guys on this team," Figgins said. "I've been finding some open spaces lately. I go through stretches where I can't get anything to fall and stretches where I find holes. It's the nature of the game when you hit line drives."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.