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.
Kennedy exited Saturday's game against the White Sox with an apparent injury, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
After Trevor Rosenthal was traded to the Padres earlier Saturday, Kennedy was called on in the ninth inning, albeit in a non-save situation. He allowed several hits before appearing to pull up while fielding a groundball. As a result, he was removed from the game and replaced by Jesse Hahn. Prior to the injury, Kennedy allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and no walks while striking out zero over one-third of an inning. The exact nature and severity of the injury are unclear.
Kennedy allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three across two innings in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Kennedy served as the opener and excelled against a tough lineup. He was projected to serve as the team's closer prior to the beginning of the season and has struggled during work in the middle innings. It appears that the Royals are experimenting with ways to get Kennedy on track -- he's compiled a 6.30 ERA across 10 frames -- making his role in his next appearance unclear.
Kennedy will serve as the opener in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Kennedy was initially scheduled to open Friday, but the game was postponed due to rain. However, he'll still be ready to open the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with Jakob Junis serving as the primary pitcher.
Kennedy will serve as an opener Friday against the Twins, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Kennedy was the presumptive closer leading up to Opening Day, but he began the season working in the middle innings and has a 7.88 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through eight innings. The veteran right-hander will look to get back on track with a couple innings as an opener Friday. Jakob Junis is scheduled to follow as the primary pitcher for the Royals.
Kennedy entered Saturday's game against the Indians in the sixth inning and threw two perfect innings with one strikeout.
Manager Mike Matheny would not commit to Kennedy as his closer back in March, leading many to speculate about the pitcher's role. Matheny turned to Kennedy early in a tie game Saturday, with Greg Holland ultimately securing the save for Kansas City after Trevor Rosenthal worked the eighth. Kennedy was good during his time on the mound, but if this one game is any indication, he no longer has full possession of the closer job.
Royals manager Mike Matheny did not commit to naming a closer Wednesday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.
The news comes as something of a surprise, as Matheny doesn't exactly have a reputation as one of the game's more progressive minds. Kennedy saved 30 games with a 3.41 ERA and a 27.4 percent strikeout rate last season, but Matheny discussed the team's plan to stay flexible and use its best relievers in high-leverage spots prior to the ninth inning when necessary with Kennedy and the rest of the Royals' bullpen. Matheny could certainly fall back on a more traditional setup once the regular season actually begins, but for now, it may not be wise to treat Kennedy as the safe closer he's being drafted as.
Kennedy picked up the save against the Athletics on Monday, working around one hit to toss a scoreless ninth inning and close out the Royals' 6-5 victory. He struck out two and walked none.
Kennedy managed to close the door after his teammates made a two-run comeback to take a 6-5 lead in the ninth inning, needing 21 pitches to record his 30th save of the season. The veteran has performed respectably in the closer role for the Royals, only blowing four saves and posting a 3.28 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 70:17 K:BB across 60.1 innings.
Kennedy allowed one hit and two walks while striking out two across one scoreless inning to earn the save Thursday against the White Sox.
Kennedy loaded the bases with two outs but managed to strike out Leury Garcia to end the game. He now has 29 saves on the season and has converted seven of his last eight opportunities. In that same span, he's allowed only one earned run, lowering his ERA on the season to 3.34.
Kennedy tossed a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his 28th save of the season in an 8-6 win over the White Sox.
All nine pitches Kennedy fired were strikes, although he failed to pick up a strikeout. The veteran right-hander is now 17 for 18 on save chances in the second half with a 3.09 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 24:7 K:BB through 23.1 innings.
Kennedy picked up his 27th save of the season Friday, striking out one and allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth inning against the Marlins.
Kennedy entered with a three-run lead and never allowed the Marlins to really threaten, working around a one-out single to shut the door. The outing lowered the veteran's ERA to 3.45.
Kennedy picked up the save against the Tigers on Wednesday after tossing a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Entering the ninth inning with a 5-4 lead, Kennedy punched out Jeimer Candelario before retiring Harold Castro and Dawel Lugo to finish off the win. The 34-year-old is now 15-for-16 on save chances in the second half, tallying 26 saves overall on the season with a 3.51 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 65:15 K:BB.
Kennedy (2-2) blew the save but earned the win against Detroit on Tuesday, tossing one inning and giving up one run on three hits without registering a walk or a strikeout.
Kennedy entered the game in the ninth inning staked to a one-run lead but could not close the door on Detroit, allowing the Tigers to tie the game on a trio of singles. He was credited with a win, however, after Ryan O'Hearn hit a walkoff homer in the bottom of the inning. Kennedy has been quite good in his first season as a closer, converting 25 of 29 save opportunities while posting a 3.58 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 64:15 K:BB across 55.1 innings.
Kennedy struck out one as he pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday to pick up his 25th save of the year in a 6-4 win over the Orioles.
Kennedy locked up the team's first series win in their last 11 tries. In an abysmal season for the Royals, the right-hander has been a bright spot, posting a 3.48 ERA to go with a 1.29 WHIP and a stellar 64:15 K:BB across 54.1 innings this year.
Kennedy struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his 24th save of the season in a 7-5 win over the Orioles.
The veteran hurler is now 13-for-13 on save chances in the second half, although Kennedy's 3.44 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 21:7 K:BB through 18.1 innings since the All-Star break put him firmly in the second tier of closers. The right-hander has one more year at $16.5 million left on his contract, so barring an offseason trade, expect him to enter 2020 with a firm grip on the ninth-inning role for the Royals.
Kennedy tossed a scoreless ninth inning during which he recorded two strikeouts against the A's on Wednesday to earn his 23rd save. He allowed one hit and a walk.
With Kansas City leading 6-4 in the ninth inning, Kennedy worked around a leadoff walk by firing back-to-back strikeouts. Marcus Semien then broke through with a single, but Kennedy responded by forcing Robbie Grossman to fly out and end the game. The save was the 23rd of the season for the right-hander, who owns a 3.61 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 62:15 K:BB.
Kennedy (1-2) allowed four runs on three hits with one walk and one strikeout but earned a win during the ninth inning in a 9-8 extra-inning victory against the Indians on Sunday.
This technically wasn't a blown save because Kennedy entered the game with a four-run lead (a non-save situation), but he pitched terribly, giving up two home runs in one frame. He got through the frame, and the Royals scored in the top of the 10th, though, so Kennedy earned a win. He is 1-2 with 22 saves, 3.75 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 50.1 innings this season.
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