VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent said his pulled hamstring did not require any tests and he will be back hitting on Friday - his 40th birthday.
Kent injured his right hamstring while sprinting during pregame warmups Wednesday at the New York Mets' spring training facility and likely won't play for a week. He felt no pain Thursday after getting checked out by Dodgers trainers, and he planned to lift weights later in the day.
The 16-year major league veteran will refrain from running for the next week.
``It's just tight,'' Kent said. ``I've done this many times. If it was a game situation I would probably play tomorrow, but it's not. It's spring training.''
A different warmup routine may have caused the injury, Kent said. Los Angeles held batting practice at Dodgertown before making the 45-minute bus ride to the game because the fields were wet at the Mets' complex early in the day.
Kent said sitting on the bus for so long in one position made it difficult to warm up a second time.
``I should have known better,'' Kent said.
Coming off a season in which he hit .302 with a team-best 20 homers, Kent could become the club's first 40-year-old to appear in an opening-day lineup. But he said age has nothing to do why he got hurt.
``You get fired up and then you go sit in one position for a while and then you try to fire it up again. That would promote injury for any player,'' Kent said.
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

Advertisement

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Bautista re-signs, Blue Jays 30/1 Jose Bautista is heading back to Toronto on a one-year deal. What are the current odds of the Blue Jays to win the World Series?
Thumbnail Jays, Bautista could be close to deal Could the Blue Jays be nearing a new deal with slugger Jose Bautista?
Thumbnail Red Sox favored to win AL Pennant The Boston Red Sox are favored to win the 2017 American League Pennant, while the defending champs have the next-best odds.
Thumbnail Updated 2017 NL Pennant Odds The Chicago Cubs remain favored to win the 2017 National League Pennant at 9/5, but which team is listed second?
Thumbnail Cubs remain World Series Favorites The Cubs remain favored to win the 2017 World Series while the Red Sox have the next-best odds according to oddsmakers.

MLB Team Pages