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Kendrick's elbow scope should eliminate 'nuisance'


TEMPE, Ariz. -- Howie Kendrick's right elbow, which underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure during the offseason, wasn't really a pain, per se.

"It was more of a nuisance," the Angels' second baseman described on Friday, prior to the team's first full workout.

Kendrick received a cortisone shot in the elbow prior to the 2012 season, but during the year, and especially down the stretch, it would constantly lock up due to fluid build-up and restrict his range of motion. It's been popping up sporadically the last three years.

"It was just something that I got tired of over time," Kendrick said. "I would [tweak] it, and then it would be like two or three days before it would go away. But I just played with it like that most of the time. For the most part, I'm happy to not have that issue anymore."

The surgery, somewhat similar to what left-handed pitchers C.J. Wilson and Sean Burnett had done during the offseason, only slightly altered Kendrick's workout program, and isn't supposed to have any affect on his Spring Training.

Kendrick, 29, batted .287 with eight homers, 67 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 147 games last season.

"I just had a scope; it wasn't anything major," Kendrick said of the offseason procedure. "They went in, took out the little [calcium] deposits, and then I started rehabbing in November. By the end of December, I was ready to go. So, I've been throwing and hitting since January, which is my normal time."

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