Kendrick is slated for an extended spring training start at Fort Myers on Tuesday, April 4, which would put him position to work Sunday, April 9, for either the Red Sox or Triple-A Pawtucket, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. The right-hander is waiting in the wings in case Drew Pomeranz (forearm) doesn't prove healthy enough for activation from the disabled list for that Sunday assignment. Kendrick, either way, looks like Boston's top option as a backup starter in case another need surfaces, though the veteran can opt out of his minors deal on June 15.
Kendrick was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday, the Boston Herald's Jason Mastrodonato reports. With Drew Pomeranz looking like he will be ready to go for the start of the season, Kendrick has officially lost out on his bid for a rotation spot. However, he was the most impressive of the starters who will open the year at Triple-A, so he could be up with the big league team if there is a need for an emergency starter. He has an opt out on June 15, so he will serve as organizational depth for Boston until at least that date.
Kendrick allowed two runs on eight hits with no walks and struck out six over six innings in Saturday's game against Philadelphia. Kendrick had a track on a possible spot in Boston's first rotation of the regular season, but Drew Pomeranz's healthy outing Friday appears to put that spot out of Kendrick's reach. However, the right-hander's 2.17 spring ERA makes him the next viable option should any Boston starter miss time early in the season. Kendrick doesn't have an opt out until June 15, so he'll be kicking around at Triple-A Pawtucket while awaiting a promotion.
Kendrick allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over five innings Monday. Kendrick has been the surprise of training camp and is in a position to open the season as part of Boston's rotation if Drew Pomeranz (triceps) is not ready to go when camp breaks. Pomeranz is expected to pitch Friday, but he may not have enough time to build up his pitch count. Kendrick, a non-roster invitee, will be around even if he has to begin the season in the minors. He doesn't have an opportunity to opt out of his contract until June 15.
Kendrick will start Monday's Grapefruit League game against Baltimore, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. Kendrick's 1.50 ERA in 18 spring innings (16 strikeouts) has grabbed some headlines in light of recent injuries to David Price (elbow) and Drew Pomeranz (triceps). His start Monday is thus being viewed as an audition for an Opening Day rotation spot. If the Red Sox are thinking about having both Price and Pomeranz begin April on the disabled list, Kendrick is the clear option for an available spot in the rotation. He's easily outpitched the other candidates (Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, Roenis Elias), so presumably only an injury would keep him from being the first choice.