Kennedy has been diagnosed with a lat strain and will be shut down for a month, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. After a month it will be back to square one for Kennedy, who will need at least another month to build back up to the point that he could join the big-league bullpen.
Kennedy will not throw as scheduled Friday due to "general arm fatigue," AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. Kennedy was set to pitch during a back-field game but will instead take a break from throwing. The specifics of the issue remain unclear as the 24-year-old is still being evaluated.
Kennedy underwent a procedure to debride the tendinitis in his left knee Wednesday. He is expected to resume throwing in mid-November, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Kennedy began feeling soreness in the knee a couple weeks ago, and doctors determined that the surgical route would be best, especially with the season nearing its completion. The right-hander is expected to be fully operational by the time spring training rolls around.
Kennedy no longer appears to be included in the Padres' rotation, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports. The Padres added Bryan Mitchell to their rotation earlier this month in what was expected to be a temporary measure to give their four rookie starting pitchers additional rest between turns, but the veteran has seemingly performed well enough to stick around for additional starts. With manager Andy Green opting not to expand the rotation to six men, it appears Kennedy is the odd man out, as he hasn't pitched since Sept. 7 and isn't listed as a probable starter for any of the team's next four games. The decision to move Kennedy to the bullpen doesn't come as much of a surprise after the 24-year-old posted a 6.75 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 18:12 K:BB in 26.2 innings over his first six MLB starts.
Kennedy surrendered four runs on one hit and four walks while striking out two across 1.2 innings Friday against the Reds. He didn't factor into the decision. Kennedy didn't appear to have his command, tossing just 20 of 44 pitches for strikes. He was coming off a stellar outing against the Rockies (six shutout innings), but he failed to build off the success he found last time out. Through six starts this year, Kennedy owns a 6.75 ERA and 1.80 WHIP with 18 strikeouts over 26.2 frames.