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22 Ian Kennedy SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/190 | Birthdate: 12/19/1984 | Birthplace: Huntington Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: USC | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $4,265,000 | Owned/Started%: 89/42 | Average Draft Position: 100.93
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Rockies' Charlie Blackmon returns to leadoff spot Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon was back at the top of the order Saturday night against the Padres.

Blackmon sat out Friday against Padres starter Ian Kennedy. DJ LeMahieu, who batted leadoff on Friday, was bumped to the No. 8 in the order.

Blackmon is hitting .290/.330/.432 with two homers and 11 RBI over 21 games.

Colorado is an underdog (+125) Petco Park, per VegasInsider.com.


Padres SP Ian Kennedy earns win during Friday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed two runs on four hits over six innings of work during Friday's 14-3 win over the Rockies. Kennedy received his first win of the season for his effort.

Kennedy's mistakes occurred when he gave up a solo home run to Drew Stubbs in the fifth and another solo shot to Nolan Arenado in the sixth inning. He struck out a season-high six batters and walked two during the outing.

Friday's start was the first time Kennedy was able to pitch past the fifth inning this season. He was also able to lower his ERA from 10.80 to 7.11.

His next expected start is scheduled for Wednesday at San Francisco.


Padres RHP Ian Kennedy mashed in return from injury


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Perhaps Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy should get a mulligan for his disastrous start Saturday against the Dodgers. After all, it was his first outing after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Kennedy was clobbered for eight earned runs on eight hits, including three homers, in 4 1/3 innings. He walked one and fanned two.

The Dodgers teed off from the start as Andre Ethier socked a two-run blast and Carl Crawford added a run-scoring double in the first inning. A three-run tater by Adrian Gonzalez in the second gave Los Angeles a 6-3 lead. Kennedy also surrendered a two-run homer to Howie Kendrick in the fifth before his merciful removal.

He will have his first shot at redemption Friday against visiting Colorado.


Padres send LHP Frank Garces to Triple-A


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) With pitcher Ian Kennedy coming off the disabled list to start on Saturday, the Padres made room by sending left-hander Frank Garces to Triple-A, reports MLB.com.

In six relief appearances this season, Garces has allowed three runs in 14.2 innings (1.84 ERA).

Kennedy to start Saturday; Despaigne out of Padres' rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) It's official. Bud Black has announced that Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy is set to start Saturday against the Dodgers, per the U-T San Diego. Odrisamer Despaigne is headed back to the bullpen.

Kennedy has been on the disabled list since April 10 with a hamstring injury. Despaigne performed admirably in his place, winning two starts while yielding just three runs in 13 2/3 innings.

"We feel good about Ian's hamstring," Black said. "Out of spring training and through the winter time, we're counting on Ian to be one of the anchors in our rotation. This was a little bit of a hiccup ... but he'll resume his spot in the rotation.

"Obviously, we'll watch the game and see how he does, but he doesn't have any restrictions."


All signs point to Ian Kennedy starting Saturday for Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Although Padres manager Bud Black has yet to announce a starter for Saturday's contest against the Dodgers, all signs point to starter Ian Kennedy, according to U-T San Diego.

"I think he's ready," Black said. "If everything goes according to plan, which I suspect, we'll have a decision to make later in the week."

Kennedy tossed six innings on 81 pitches in an extended spring training start on Monday. The right-hander has been sidelined since April 10 with a hamstring issue, and is eligible to return from the disabled list on April 25.

"Today, it actually feels good to feel a little sore, like, in the arm area," Kennedy said. "Feels like I actually did something. I was happy. Especially as (Monday's) game went on, I felt good."


Padres' Ian Kennedy throws six innings in extended spring training


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy was able to throw six innings in an extended spring training start Monday and used 81 pitches to get through the start, reports U-T San Diego.

Kennedy is currently on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury and is eligible to be activated April 25. Kennedy threw 2 1/3 innings so far this season with two strikeouts and two walks.

"When he rejoins us (Tuesday), we'll re-evaluate and see where we are," manager Bud Black said. "But we feel good with where he is right now, health-wise. Later in the week, we'll come to a determination of where we are with Ian, how that relates to our pitching staff, but we're encourage by how he threw.

"I talked to a couple guys (in Peoria) who were watching, and they said he looked good. All his pitches, had a few strikeouts. They nicked him for a couple runs, but overall he felt good. No issues with the hamstring."


Padres SP Ian Kennedy set for extended spring action on Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy completed a bullpen session at Wrigley Field without any reported issues with his left hamstring strain, per MLB.com. Kennedy is scheduled to throw 75-90 pitches in an extended spring training game on Monday in Arizona. He is eligible to be activated from the disabled list as early as April 25, five days removed from Monday's extended spring game.

"That's one of the big reasons we want to make that rehab start ... to make sure [endurance] is still up there," Kennedy said. "I have been throwing on the side, [and I threw] a 40-pitch flat ground [session] a few days after the injury. I'm just trying to keep up on my arm strength, doing all my upper-body work. I think I'll be all right."


Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy making progress toward return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy was able to throw a bullpen session Wednesday in his recovery from a hamstring injury, reports MLB.com.

Kennedy, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Friday. If he is able to get through the session unscathed, he will begin a rehab assignment next week.

"Ian is feeling good, and we're encouraged by his progress," manager Bud Black said.

Kennedy will throw 75 to 90 pitches Friday.

"He's got to build his pitch-count when he starts. Then we will evaluate him after that [Monday] game," Black said.


Padres' Black expecting Kennedy to make quick return from DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Padres manager Bud Black still isn't expecting starting pitcher Ian Kennedy to have a lenghty stay on the disabled list, according to MLB Network Radio.

"Ian's gonna be fine," Black said Tuesday morning. "It looks as though it could be 15 days. It's that quick of a recovery."

Kennedy, who is sidelined with a left hamstring strain, is still a few days away from throwing a bullpen session. He is expected to need a rehab assignment before returning.


Padres' Ian Kennedy will likely need rehab stint before returning


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy is improving from a left hamstring strain, but he is still 2-3 days from throwing a bullpen session, reports MLB.com.

Kennedy will also likely need a rehab stint in the minor leagues before returning to the Padres.


Padres place Ian Kennedy on DL, call up Chris Rearick


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The Padres placed pitcher Ian Kennedy on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced.

Kennedy left Thursday's game with a left hamstring strain. The team is unsure how much time he'll miss.

Odrisamer Despaigne will take Kennedy's place in the rotation, and Chris Rearick has been called up from Triple-A to replace him on the roster.  


Padres' Black: Ian Kennedy could be headed to disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Padres manager Bud Black said after Thursday's game that a mild hamstring strain might force pitcher Ian Kennedy to the disabled list, The Mighty 1090 Sports Radio reports.

Kennedy suffered the injury in the middle of an at-bat in the third inning Thursday, signaling to the training staff that he had to come out of the game. If he's placed on the disabled list, the Padres will turn to Odrisamer Despaigne, who tossed 4 2/3 hitless innings in relief of Kennedy, to replace the injured pitcher in the rotation, Black said. However, Kennedy isn't sure he'll need a trip to the disabled list, U-T San Diego reports.

"We'll see tomorrow," Kennedy said. "I think it's pretty early to tell. I think tomorrow is gonna be a big indication."


Padres' Ian Kennedy exits game with hamstring strain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy was removed in the third inning of Thursday's start against the Giants due to a left hamstring strain, the team announced.

Kennedy tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and one walk while striking out two. He threw 33 pitches before being replaced by Odrisamer Despaigne. Kennedy said after the game that he initially suffered the injury on the last pitch of the second inning, per the Associated Press.

"The whole time I felt something wasn't right. The last pitch, I didn't feel anything pop or anything but I'm not going to hurt my arm by changing my mechanics. I needed to stop because I wasn't putting out the same effort because I was trying to protect it. It's frustrating because I felt really good and pitching in a great atmosphere," Kennedy said.

If Kennedy needs to hit the disabled list, the Padres would turn to Despaigne to fill his spot in the rotation.


Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy goes six scoreless innings Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy went six scoreless innings, allowing six hits with seven strikeouts against the Reds Monday. Kennedy, who is projected as the No. 4 starter in the rotation, gave up just one walk and brought his ERA down to 3.78.

Kennedy is now 1-1 this spring in five starts with 15 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings pitched.

“Ian’s had, I think, good stuff all year. He’s held his velocity all spring. I thought he threw some good sliders today. I thought those were some really tight sliders. I thought overall he through the ball well," Padres manager Bud Black said to U-T San Diego.


Padres' Ian Kennedy continues to work on tweak to delivery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, who is 0-1 with a 5.91 ERA through four spring appearances (three starts), will pitch in a minor-league game Wednesday, per U-T San Diego.

Kennedy will continue to work on a new adjustment to his windup, which he began to tinker with following a rough outing March 10 against the Giants (three earned runs in 1 2/3 innings).

"It was 50-50," Kennedy recalled Tuesday. "One pitch, it wouldn't be good, pushing the ball, and that's why some balls were running back over (the plate). And the next pitch, I'd feel really good. It was like, man, what's going on?

"I saw one pitch (watching video) and I was like, yeah, I'm turning too much, and I changed it. Some guys like watching and picking apart their bad video. I think it's just going to instill some bad visuals. I try to watch the good stuff."

Kennedy said he has felt much better since fixing his delivery.

"It was just incorporating it in my bullpen, just doing it more often," Kennedy said. "I had to watch a little film, just to see what my shoulders did, instead of going by feel. ... When I'm flying open and going horizontal, I'm pushing the ball and the ball's flat. Whereas, when I think of my hips going one over the other, everything has more of a down angle, a little more life."


Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy in line to start home opener


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy can see how things are lining up as the regular season approaches. As things currently stand, he would start the home opener for San Diego, reports MLB.com.

"That's the fourth game against the Giants," said Kennedy. "If everything lines up and hopefully everybody stays healthy all the way through Spring Training, which we're planning on, that will be cool. Really, exciting."

Kennedy is also starting to round into form with his mechanics.

"I felt much better. Timing is starting to come around," said the red-bearded wonder. "I threw more changeups than normal today. I was telling [catcher] Wil [Nieves] that I was just trying to keep it game-like. The first few [starts] I was just trying to get my fastball established. My mechanics were a little bit better than last time. Which is good. ... I think I have four more [starts] so I have to pace myself. You can't be too good too soon."


Padres SP Ian Kennedy avoids arbitration with $9.85 million deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Padres avoided arbitration with starting pitchers Ian Kennedy, agreeing to a $9.85 million contract for 2015 prior to Friday's arbitration deadline, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms. Kennedy posted a 3.63 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 201 innings in 2014.

Report: Royals, Rangers interested in trading for Ian Kennedy


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Royals and Rangers are two teams believed to be showing interest in trading for Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. However, the Royals might not be a strong trade candidate because the Padres are looking for help on offense.

Report: Padres listening to trade offers on Kennedy, Cashner, Ross


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) The Padres continue to listen to trade offers on their top starting pitchers -- Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner -- as they look to upgrade their offense, according to FOX Sports. 

All three players are under team control through at least 2015. Kennedy can be a free agent after next season, Cashner will be a free agent after the 2016 season and Ross won't be a free agent until after 2017.

Kennedy and Ross tied for a team-high 13 wins in 2014. Ross had a 2.81 ERA and Kennedy had a 3.63 ERA. Cashner went 5-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 19 starts.


Ian Kennedy surpasses 200-200 mark in final start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy ended his season on a high note Friday night in San Francisco, improving to 13-13 on the year. The right-hander permitted one unearned run on four hits and no walks while striking out six over seven innings of a 4-1 victory. Of his 95 pitches, 67 were strikes.

In his penultimate start he eclipsed the 200-strikeout mark, and on Friday Kennedy amassed 200-plus innings, becoming the ninth pitcher this season to reach that mark. He finishes the season with a 3.63 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 201 innings.


Ian Kennedy hits milestone with Padres


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/21/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy fanned five in an 8-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday, giving him a career-high 201 strikeouts and making him just the fourth San Diego pitcher to fan 200 in a season. Kennedy allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings as he improved to 12-13.

Kennedy, who has a 3.76 ERA, will face the Giants again Friday in San Francisco.


Ian Kennedy strikes out seven in win vs. Phillies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy earned a win Tuesday, giving up three earned runs on three hits and four walks in six innings while striking out seven in his team's 5-4 victory over the Padres.

Kennedy (11-13) gave up a solo home run in the second inning and fell behind on a two-run blast in the fifth, but the offense was able to pick him up with three runs in the sixth. It was Kennedy's first time allowing multiple home runs in a start this season. He owns a 3.80 ERA and 196:67 K:BB ratio in 187 1/3 innings. Kennedy is slated to face the Giants Sunday.


Ian Kennedy allows three runs in loss vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy took a loss Wednesday, giving up three earned runs on 10 hits and one walk in six-plus innings while striking out five in his team's 4-0 defeat against the Dodgers.

Kennedy (10-13) gave up two runs in six innings before giving up a double and a single to lead off the seventh and exiting the game. It was just his second quality start in five outings. Kennedy owns a 3.77 ERA and 189:63 K:BB ratio in 181 1/3 innings. He's in line to face the Phillies next week.


Ian Kennedy coughs up four runs in loss to Arizona


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy took a step backward Thursday night against the Diamondbacks, dropping to 10-12 on the season. He permitted four runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out two over 5 1/3 innings of work.

Over his last three starts covering 18 innings, Kennedy has permitted eight earned runs. He owns a 3.75 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts (175 1/3 innings). His next start will come Tuesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.