Kennedy (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Friday. Kennedy was initially believed to be out for the remainder of the regular season after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his left calf, but he'll return for the final series of the regular season. The right-hander hasn't recorded any saves in 2020 while posting a 9.00 ERA and 1.79 WHIP over 14 innings across 15 appearances (one start).
Manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday that Kennedy's MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain of his left calf, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. He's expected to need at least three weeks to recover from the injury. Based on that projected timeline, Kennedy's season is over, unless the 14-22 Royals make a surprise run through the playoffs. An impending free agent, Kennedy likely would have been a prime candidate to be moved prior to Monday's trade deadline, but the calf injury cooled his market. Tabbed by many heading into the season as the Royals' presumptive closer, Kennedy will likely finish the 2020 campaign with zero saves to go with a 9.00 ERA and 1.79 WHIP over 14 innings.
Kennedy will undergo an MRI on his strained left calf, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. Kennedy will miss at least 10 days with the injury, as he was placed on the injured list Monday. Whether or not he'll be forced to miss an extended period should become clear once the results of his MRI are known.
Kennedy was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left calf strain Monday. The nature of the injury that forced Kennedy out of Saturday's game against the White Sox was initially unclear, but it's evidently a calf issue that's serious enough to keep him out of action for at least 10 days. After surprisingly turning into a solid closer last season and saving 30 games, he's failed to record a single save this season, posting a 9.00 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP in 14 innings of work. Chance Adams was recalled in a corresponding move.
Royals manager Mike Matheny said Kennedy (undisclosed) received additional treatment from the Kansas City training staff Sunday, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports. The nature and extent of the injury Kennedy suffered during his appearance in Saturday's game against the White Sox remains unclear, but Matheny noted the reliever was "hobbling" into the locker room Sunday. The Royals have thus far avoided placing Kennedy on the injured list, but that could change if he doesn't make any notable progress in the next couple of days.
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