Howie Kendrick first felt pain in a chest muscle on Saturday prior to the Phillies game against the Washington National. He played Saturday, but was too sore to play on Sunday and hasn't shown much improvement, leading him being placed on the 10-day DL. The placement can be back dated to Sunday, meaning that Kendrick could return in about a week if all goes well.
The injury is not an oblique injury, which can sideline players for fairly long periods of time. Instead, Kendrick described the injury to reporters as being a pulled muscle underneath his sternum, in what he termed the "upper ab, lower rib cage area."
To fill Kendrick's roster spot, the Phillies purchased the contract of reliever Mark Leiter from Lehigh Valley. The 26-year old right-hander made two appearances with Lehigh Valley prior to being added to the 40-man roster, and has allowed one earned run in 5 1/3 innings of work, amounting to a 1.69 ERA on the season. Over all or part of five minor league seasons, Leiter is 27-22 with a 3.38 ERA. As recently as last season, Leiter was working as a starter, but has been switched to the bullpen presumable full-time thanks to a glut of young starting pitching.
Kendrick was hitting .333 (13-for-39) in the early going, and had driven in five runs for the Phillies in 10 games played.
Clay Buchholz also went on the DL yesterday, and it was announced that he will miss four to six months after undergoing surgery to repair a partial tear in his flexor tendon. Buchholz was initially placed on the 10-day DL, but could be moved to the 60-day DL if an additional 40-man roster spot is needed. Adding Leiter took up the last available 40-man spot that the Phillies had available. That spot came open when Elniery Garcia was given an 80-game suspension for a positive PED test.