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Jeff Kent


Kent returned from the disabled list Tuesday with two big hits. Kent homered, doubled and drove in three runs Monday night, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The four-time All-Star second baseman also made 10 putouts in his first start at first base since last September.


Kent (side muscle) may be activated from the disabled list Monday, manager Grady Little said. Kent has been on the DL since July 18 and has been bothered by the injury for more than a month.


Kent was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a left oblique strain. The Dodgers' second baseman tried to play through the injury, taking four days off before the All-Star break, but the condition worsened since his return. "I thought I could deal with it, manage it, handle it," Kent said. "It just got to the point where I was sacrificing myself not for the benefit of the team."


Kent is expected to be activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers for Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres. The 38-year-old second baseman missed 14 games with a sprained left wrist he suffered when swinging at a pitch on May 27 in a 3-1 win over the Washington Senators.


Kent was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of a sprained left wrist, retroactive to May 28. The Dodgers' second baseman sustained the injury swinging at a pitch against Washington on May 27 and has missed six straight games. "There's no big tears, there's no fractures of the bone, so I'm hoping this is just a bad, bad sprain that is just going to take a few days to heal," said Kent, who received an injection Thursday to lessen the pain.


Kent will undergo an MRI on his wrist on Thursday after missing his fourth straight game. The Dodgers second baseman is feeling pain and has swelling in his wrist since Saturday when he left after two innings."We want to make sure he's got a bone bruise. We've got to find out for sure," manager Jeff Kent said. "He's not swinging at 100 percent and that's the [holdup]. If he's going to be a number of days more, we'll have to make a move."


Kent missed his second consecutive game for the Dodgers on Sunday, due to a sprained left wrist. It is the same wrist that the second baseman fractured in 2002, while riding his motorcycle. He is hoping to return for Monday's contest with the Atlanta Braves.


Kent left the Dodgers' 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday in the third inning with a sprained left wrist. It is the same wrist that the second baseman fractured in 2002, while riding his motorcycle.


Kent was beaned in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' Sunday night game with the Giants. The Los Angeles second baseman came out of the game after taking a pitch from Giants starter Brad Hennessey just behind his left temple. A CT scan after the game diagnosed a mild concussion. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Kent will visit an ophthalmologist Monday because of cloudiness in his left eye.


Kent and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to an $11.5 million, one-year contract extension that employs the second baseman through 2007. The 38-year-old Kent, who gets $9.4 million this year under his previous contract, receives a $2 million signing bonus payable in installments and a 2007 salary of $9 million. The deal contains a $9 million team option for 2008 with a $500,000 buyout, and the option would become guaranteed if he has 550 plate appearances in 2007.


Kent, coming off January surgery to remove scar tissue and repair a ligament in his right wrist, took batting practice with his Dodger teammates Tuesday. It was his first formal batting practice of the spring, and the Dodgers' infielder swung easily without discomfort.


Kent is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right wrist Tuesday, Jan. 10, to remove scar tissue. He is expected to be recovered in time for spring training.


With his home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, Jeff Kent became the first player in the history of baseball to hit 300 home runs as a second baseman. The home run was the 325th of Kent's 14-year career.


Kent hit his 20th home run of the season in a 5-4 Dodgers win over the Washington Nationals Tuesday, the ninth consecutive year in which he has hit 20 or more, a major league record for second basemen.


As a precautionary measure, Kent came out of Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning after experiencing some tightness in his left hamstring. The Dodgers' veteran second baseman will be re-evaluated on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury, but manager Jim Tracy indicated that Kent might sit out a game or two. For now, he has been listed as day-to-day.


Kent led the Dodgers to a 10-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI, walk and one run scored. The veteran second baseman also extended his current hitting streak to four games. Over that span, he is 10-for-15 (.667) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI.


Kent's downward spiral continued in Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants, as he went 0-for-4 to extend his hitless streak to 20 at-bats. In April, the Dodgers' second baseman batted .333 with six home runs, 18 RBI and two stolen bases in 23 games, but this month, he has hit just .185 with two homers, 16 RBI and no steals.