The Rangers reinstated Kennedy (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
Texas demoted Hyeon-Jong Yang to Triple-A Round Rock to clear a spot on the active roster Kennedy, who spend one day more than the minimum amount of time on the IL with a mild left hamstring strain. Prior to missing time with the injury, Kennedy excelled as the Rangers' primary end gamer, converting 12 of 13 save chances while posting a 2.53 ERA in 21.1 innings. He should immediately reclaim closing duties for the Rangers.
Kennedy (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Chris Halicke of SI.com reports.
The veteran right-hander hasn't pitched since June 4 due to a strained left hamstring, but he's poised to rejoin the active roster Wednesday after spending the 10-day minimum on the shelf. Kennedy has converted 12 of 13 save chances with a 2.53 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 25:7 K:BB across 21.1 innings this season, and he's poised to reclaim the closer's job once officially activated.
Kennedy was placed on the 10-day injured list with a mild left hamstring strain Wednesday, retroactive to June 6.
Kennedy wasn't available for Tuesday's series opener against the Giants due to his hamstring issue, and he'll miss additional time while he recovers. While it's not yet clear how long he'll be sidelined, the team described the right-hander's strain as mild. Josh Sborz could be a candidate to serve as the interim closer while Kennedy is unavailable.
Kennedy was unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Giants due to hamstring soreness, Chris Halicke of SI.com reports.
It's unclear when the injury first surfaced, but the 36-year-old last pitched June 4 and gave up two runs over an inning while securing his 12th save of the season. The severity of the injury has yet to be determined, and the Rangers are holding out hope Kennedy won't require a stint on the injured list. Brett Martin and Josh Sborz could be in the mix for saves should the veteran righty be forced to miss any time.
Kennedy allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one, but it was good enough for the save in Friday's 5-4 win over the Rays.
Kennedy had a three-run cushion as he entered the ninth inning and needed every bit of it. Despite Friday's poor showing, Kennedy's been stellar for the Rangers, converting 12 of 13 save opportunities. The 12 saves -- for a team with just 23 wins -- ties him for seventh in MLB.
Kennedy allowed two hits over 1.1 innings in Friday's win over Houston. He blew a save chance but was not charged with a run.
Kennedy was brought in for a four-out save chance with a runner on second base. He coughed up an RBI single to Jose Altuve, blowing the opportunity and charging Joely Rodriguez with his third run. Kennedy lowered his season ERA to 1.96 and is now 11 for 12 in save chances.
Kennedy struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Monday to record his 11th save of the season in a 5-2 win over the Yankees.
The 36-year-old continues to get the job done as the Rangers' closer. Kennedy is a perfect 11-for-11 on save chances, posting a 2.12 ERA and 21:4 K:BB through 17 innings, and he has a firm grasp on the ninth-inning role.
Kennedy allowed one run and two hits and a walk during the ninth inning to earn the save during Saturday's win over Seattle.
Kennedy was entrusted with a 9-7 lead and managed to escape in nerve-wracking fashion. He's been one of the most reliable closers in the league, as he has yet to blow an opportunity. Kennedy now has allowed only four earned runs across 15 innings while maintaining a 20:2 K:BB.
Kennedy walked one and struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning to secure the save against Minnesota on Wednesday.
Kennedy was entrusted with a 3-1 lead and struck out the side to record his ninth save of the season. He's been one of the most reliable closers in the league, as he has yet to blow an opportunity and is also the only Ranger to record a save this season. Kennedy's skills back up his strong start, as he has allowed only three earned runs across 14 innings while maintaining a 20:1 K:BB.
Kennedy earned the save Tuesday against the Twins after pitching a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.
Another outing, another save for Kennedy. The veteran right-hander has gone 8-for-8 in save opportunities this season while posting a 17:0 K:BB in 14 appearances. He was efficient in this one, too, as he tossed all but one of his seven pitches for strikes to retire the side in order in the bottom of the 10th inning. Despite his age, Kennedy has emerged as one of the league's most reliable closers through the first several weeks of the 2021 season.
Kennedy recorded his seventh save of the season Sunday against the Red Sox after pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
Kennedy is now 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season and closed things out quickly in this one, needing just five pitches to retire Marwin Gonzalez, Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero in order. Kennedy has now tossed four scoreless outings in a row and has yet to allow a walk across 12 innings in 12 appearances this season.
Kennedy struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up his sixth save in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Red Sox.
Kennedy threw 16 strikes among 19 pitches to set down Rafael Devers, Christian Vazquez and Bobby Dalbec in order. Texas had an unsettled bullpen coming out of spring training, but Kennedy has solidified the closer role with six saves in six opportunities.
Kennedy pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts to earn his fifth save of the season in Thursday's 4-1 win over Boston.
Pitching with a three-run lead, Kennedy sandwiched a Christian Vazquez foul out between two strikeouts for an easy ninth inning. The outing lowered his ERA to a healthy 2.70 and was his first save in 10 days, as the Rangers haven't been providing him with many opportunities.
Kennedy allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth inning and earned a save over the Angels on Monday.
Kennedy made things interesting Monday, putting runners on first and third with two outs, but he forced a Luis Rengifo groundout to end the contest unscathed. The 36-year-old right-hander is up to four saves and a 2.57 ERA through seven innings this season.
Kennedy pitched a perfect 10th inning while striking out a pair Thursday to earn the save in the 6-4 win over the Rays.
Kennedy entered with a two-run lead in the bottom of the 10th after an Adolis Garcia home run. The runner on second did not faze the righty as he struck out the final two batters to end the game. The veteran is the Rangers' definitive closer, recording all three of the teams' saves.
Kennedy's velocity was down during Sunday's loss to the Padres, Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Kennedy had been hitting 95 mph during previous outings but was at 92 on Sunday, when the Padres reached him for three hits, including a home run. Despite Kennedy's drop in velocity, manager Chris Woodward said there was nothing wrong with the pitcher, who is serving as the Rangers' closer.
Kennedy allowed one hit and struck out three in one inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.
Kennedy has picked up saves on consecutive days against the Blue Jays. The right-hander has added six strikeouts and allowed one earned run over three innings this season. The Rangers aren't expected to win a lot of games in 2021, but Kennedy figures to be in the mix for save chances when they arise.
Kennedy pitched a perfect inning to pick up the save against Toronto on Tuesday.
Kennedy made quick work of three Blue Jays batters, needing only eight pitches -- seven of which he threw for strikes -- to retire the side in order. It was the first save opportunity of the season for the right-hander, who previously pitched one inning in a non-save situation. Kennedy looks like he could be the top ninth-inning option for Texas to begin the campaign, though there are other arms lined up behind him if he falters.
Kennedy allowed a run on two hits and struck out three over one inning in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Royals.
Kennedy, who was making his season debut, entered in the ninth inning with the Rangers up 7-2, so this was a non-save situation. He's expected to pitch in the final third of games, including save opportunities, although those could be few on the 2021 iteration of the Rangers.
Kennedy was added to the Rangers' major-league roster Sunday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
The 36-year-old is in camp as a non-roster invitee but will be in the mix for saves to open the season since Jose Leclerc and Jonathan Hernandez are dealing with elbow injuries. Kennedy and Matt Bush are poised to operate as the primary high-leverage options for Texas in the meantime.
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