Manager Ned Yost said he removed Kennedy after two innings Sunday to keep the right-hander an option for Thursday in New York, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Dodd also reports that Nathan Karns (elbow) is likely headed to the DL, meaning that the Royals will need to adjust the rotation for the coming week. Whether Kennedy starts Thursday against the Yankees, or Friday against the Indians, he's got a tough assignment on tap. Over the past three seasons, the 32-year-old has faced off against those teams eight times. Kennedy is 2-5 with a combined 5.94 ERA in those starts. An injury update on Karns is expected early in the next day or two, and news on Kennedy's assignment should quickly follow.
Kennedy allowed five runs on three hits and three walks across just two innings in Sunday's loss to the Twins. He struck out one. Making his first start in 17 days after recovering from a hamstring injury, Kennedy allowed a pair of two-run home runs in the first inning and another run in the second on an RBI double from Brian Dozier. He was made to pay for each walk he issued in his short time on the mound as all three men came around to score. Kennedy toiled to the tune of 54 pitches to record just six outs, showing obvious signs of rust after missing multiple turns through the rotation. He had enjoyed a strong start to the season prior to the injury, but nine earned runs over his last 6.1 innings have sent his ERA skyward nearly two runs to 4.06. Things will not get any easier as a matchup with the Indians is scheduled for Friday.
Kennedy (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and will start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Twins. The Royals made a flurry of roster moves between games Sunday, activating Kennedy and optioning right-hander Jake Junis down to Triple-A Omaha in addition to placing Alex Gordon on the paternity list. Kennedy was strong through his first four starts this season, notching a 2.08 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over 26.0 innings. His performance fell off a bit in his next two outings before landing on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Kennedy will face a Twins team that ranks tied for 14th in wOBA for May (.330).
Kennedy (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list ahead of the second game of the Royals' doubleheader Sunday with the Twins, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports. Kennedy was initially scheduled to return from the DL to start Saturday, but since that game ended up being postponed due to inclement weather, he'll simply move back a day. The Royals will need to make a roster move after the first game of the doubleheader concludes in order to formally activate Kennedy. Chris Young will move back to a long-relief role with Kennedy returning to the rotation.
Kennedy (hamstring) will not make his scheduled start Saturday after the game was postponed to Sunday due to weather. There's no official word from the team, but all signs indicate Kennedy will get his chance to start one of the doubleheader games. The veteran starter, out since May 4 with a right hamstring strain, has been tabbed to rejoin the rotation after being activated from the 10-day DL.
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