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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Kennedy's future uncertain

With the rise of Darrell Rasner and Joba Chamberlain nearing the end of his transition, old friend Ian Kennedy may be without a spot in the starting rotation.

“I try not to think about it,” said Kennedy, who was 1-0 with a 1.89 E.R.A. in three starts last season. “All I can do is get healthy, and whatever happens happens. Otherwise it’ll drive you crazy.”

Kennedy has a strained right latissimus muscle and bursitis under the shoulder blade. He threw 30 pitches — mostly fastballs and changeups — in a bullpen session Monday and reported that he did not experience any pain.

“It feels back to normal again,” he said. “I haven’t been on the mound in two weeks so it was kind of rough. It was a very average bullpen, but it felt good, at least.”
I would not be surprised if Kennedy spent most of the rest of the season in Triple-A.

In a season of disappointments, Kennedy is at the top of the list. The team is 2-6 when he starts and he is sporting a 7.41 ERA in 37 2/3 innings.

If he shows improvement in the minors and Rasner begins to struggle, I'd be for giving Kennedy a second chance. That said, I also wouldn't be surprised if he was dealt at the deadline.


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