The Nationals acquired infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick from the Phillies on Friday in exchange for Minor League lefty McKenzie Mills -- now ranked No. 24 on Philadelphia's Top 30 prospects list per -- and international signing bonus pool space. In addition to Kendrick, Washington also received cash considerations.
Kendrick was out of the Phillies' lineup Friday with a bruised left hand, an injury suffered when he was struck by a pitch Wednesday.
He tried to swing a bat prior to Philadelphia's matchup with Atlanta, but he wasn't at 100 percent and planned to up the intensity Saturday.
The 34-year-old is batting .340 with eight doubles, a triple, two home runs and 16 RBIs through 39 games this season, the final year on his contract.Kendrick said Friday that if he were to be dealt prior to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, he'd like an opportunity to compete for a postseason contender. "Every guy in this room ultimately plays to be a champion," Kendrick said. "I'll be happy either way. I've enjoyed being here when I have had the opportunity to play on the field with these guys." Mills, 21, was an 18th-round Draft selection by the Nationals in 2014 out of Sprayberry Senior High School in Marietta, Ga. He was promoted to Class A Advanced Potomac on Thursday, and he was 12-2 with a 3.01 ERA with 118 strikeouts against just 22 walks through 18 starts with Class A Hagerstown.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for

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