ANAHEIM -- Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick felt a pinch in his right knee while jogging back to the dugout after the top of the third inning at Angel Stadium on Thursday night. It's the type of pain he remembers feeling during a game about a month ago.
That time, it didn't force him to exit. This time, it did.
"When he was going up to hit in the third inning, he got on deck and just came back and said, 'I can't even plant,'" Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the Angels' 5-2 victory over the Red Sox. "So we had to make the change [with pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo]."
"It's just a pain on the inside of my knee," Kendrick described. "I was running off the field, it gave out, and that's about all I could tell you. It just didn't feel good."
Kendrick came into the game on a tear, batting .344 in August to get his batting average back up to .291. His exit after one plate appearance -- a lineout to center field in the first inning -- snapped his hitting streak at 15 games.
Kendrick, who hasn't missed any time due to injury this season, isn't sure how this will affect his status moving forward.
"I could walk on it fine," Kendrick said just before boarding a flight to Seattle. "It's just when I started to put pressure on it, it gave on me a little bit. Tomorrow, I don't know what I have in store yet, but I want to try to get out [on the field pregame] and do something to see."