CHICAGO -- Howie Kendrick is on his way to Triple-A Salt Lake after passing the early stages of his latest stab at rehab from a recurring left hamstring strain.
If all goes well, he'll play in some Pacific Coast League games next week and reclaim his second-base job by next weekend, when the Angels are home against the Blue Jays following a three-game series against the Tigers starting Monday night.
"Howie's going to go to Salt Lake and work out tomorrow," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said before Saturday's game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. "Hopefully, he'll come out OK and play early- to mid-week. I don't think he's going to have to play a week or 10 days there, but a few games for sure."
Kendrick has played in two games for Class A Rancho Cucamonga since straining the hamstring April 13 running the bases on a cold Seattle day. He had five hits, including a pair of homers, in six at-bats in the two California League games, indicating his stroke remained intact after a .500 start for the Angels.
But as he popped up to run to third on an overthrow after stealing second on May 6, Kendrick felt a tug on the hamstring and shut it down.
He has run close to full tilt in the outfield and done agility drills this week, and he'll run the bases for clearance before taking the field for Salt Lake.
"Obviously, I want to play," Kendrick said. "But I've had to be smart about it. I didn't want to reinjure it and miss a big part of the season. I'm feeling good now, and I hope everything goes well and I'm back with the team soon. I really miss being out there with the guys."
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.