Kennedy said his changeup is the only pitch that is affected by his early-season hamstring injury, sin he's turned more to his curveball in recent weeks, Maria Torres of The Kansas City Star reports.
Torres reports that for the first time since 2014, Kennedy is using his curveball (21 percent of pitches in July) more than his changeup (eight percent). After returning from a DL stint in May, the right-hander struggled to get comfortable with his previously-preferred offspeed pitch. "It was the only pitch I would throw where I could feel (the hamstring)," Kennedy said. "Sometimes I would go into it and I'd forget about it and I'd throw a change-up and it would send, like, a zing from my knee to my groin to remind me I wasn't fully healthy yet." The change in approach seems to be paying dividends, as the 32-year-old is 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA over his last seven starts.
Logan was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a lat strain Friday.
The veteran reliever left Wednesday's game and a subsequent MRI revealed the strain, so Logan will take a trip to the DL for the first time this season. Through 38 games this season, the lefty has a 4.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP, mainly relegating him to a middle-reliever role in the American League's best bullpen (2.87 combined ERA). Tyler Olson was recalled from Triple-A Columbus to take his spot.
Boldin will visit with the Bills on Monday, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
Boldin entered free agency on the back of 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns in his lone season in Detroit. Despite that production, however, the 36-year-old remains without a team. Ranked third among active players in both career receptions (1,076) and touchdown grabs (82), Boldin's average yards per catch has declined for five straight seasons, but his physical presence is still a considerable asset in the red zone and running game. Furthermore, with the Bills' wideouts rather unaccomplished behind the delicate Sammy Watkins (foot), Boldin could provide needed leadership and reliability should his visit culminate in a contract agreement.
Sogard has been out since early July with a nagging ankle injury, but spent the past two days with Low-A Wisconsin on a rehab assignment. The infielder appears good to go and should be able provide an added boost to a sliding Brewers' offense when he's placed in the lineup. Throughout the season, Sogard has hit .331/.438/.485 with three home runs and 14 RBI.
Hand didn't allow a run over an inning while converting his 15th hold of the season in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Giants.
The dominant lefty danced around three base runners to extend his scoreless streak to 14.1 innings. Hand has been a great source of holds while helping fantasy owners' ratios. The 27-year-old's name has been involved in several trade rumors, but a move away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park likely won't alter his value much, as his elite 4.4 K/BB and 1.44 ERA on the road indicate that could pitch successfully in any venue.