SURPRISE, Ariz. | Veteran catcher Jason Kendall returned Tuesday morning to Royals’ camp and vowed not to let a potentially messy divorce situation affect his play on the field.
Kendall appeared Monday in court in Los Angeles in an effort to gain permission to bring his two children to Kansas City during the Royals’ season.
His wife, Chantel, appeared in court with boyfriend Sean Stewart, the son of rock star Rod Stewart, in an effort to block the move. The case was continued until March 18.
Chantel Kendall has also leveled charges in court papers that Kendall is overusing Adderall, a prescription he takes to control Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
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“I won’t dignify the ridiculous accusations that were made,” Kendall said. “I’m not going to get into a debate (with my wife) in the papers and the media. It’s a personal family matter that I would like to keep private.”
Kendall dismissed the suggestion that the divorce and custody issues will be a distraction as he heads into his first season with the Royals after signing a two-year contract for $6 million as a free agent on Dec. 11, 2009.
“No,” he insisted. “Not at all.”
Kendall, 35, is entering his 15th big-league season and has never been cited by Major League Baseball for failing a drug test. He is a three-time All-Star who has a .290 career average with 75 homers and 707 RBIs in 1,967 games with the Pirates, A’s, Cubs and Brewers.