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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%: 72/46 | Average Draft Position: 101.04
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Padres SP Ian Kennedy receives loss in Tuesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) The home run ball was the undoing for Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy during Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Mariners.

Kennedy allowed four runs on four hits over five innings of work. He also struck out five and walked one during the outing. He surrendered a solo home run to Mike Zunino in the third inning and a two-run home run to Brad Miller in the fourth.

He is now 4-7 with a 4.86 ERA. Tuesday's start broke his three-game quality start streak.


Padres P Ian Kennedy strikes out six in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy struck out six batters in Wednesday night's 6-0 loss to the Giants. 

Kennedy went six innings and allowed six runs, though only one was earned. The five runs he allowed in the third all went unearned, though he still gave up a home run to Buster Posey. It wasn't a good outing for Kennedy, who has struggled this season. 

Kennedy allowed five hits and four walks. He now has a 5.09 ERA and a 4-6 record. 


Padres P Ian Kennedy allows one run in win over A's


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed only one earned run in Thursday afternoon's 3-1 victory over the Athletics. 

Kennedy was hit four times and surrendered one walk in six innings. He struck out four batters in the winning effort. This is the second game in a row that Kennedy has only allowed one run as he's given up a total of two over the past 13 innings. 

Kennedy now has a 5.43 ERA this season. 

His next start is projected for June 24 against the Giants. 


Padres SP Ian Kennedy goes seven strong in no-decision Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/14/2015) Padres starter Ian Kennedy limited the Dodgers to one run on four hits over seven innings on Saturday. He walked one and struck out four, settling for a no-decision. The solid effort lowered Kennedy's ERA to 5.84.

The only run to score against Kennedy came on a solo home run by Yasmani Grandal in the third inning. That tied the game at 1-1, and the Padres earned a late-inning victory.

Kennedy will look to stay sharp in his next start, scheduled for Thursday in Oakland.


Padres SP Ian Kennedy allows three runs in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy surrendered three runs on eight hits over five innings of work during Monday's 5-3 win over the Braves.

Kennedy struck out six and did not walk a batter during the outing. He received a no-decision and his ERA now stands at 6.48.

Kennedy has pitched 11 innings and allowed five runs in his last two starts and he is 1-0 during that time. His next expected start is scheduled for Saturday against the Dodgers.


Padres SP Ian Kennedy whiffs eight, picks up win No. 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy struck out eight and registered a quality start for the win Tuesday night against the Mets.

Kennedy (3-5) surrendered a run-scoring single to Michael Cuddyer in the opening frame and a run-scoring single to Wilmer Flores in the sixth inning for his only blemishes of the evening. He yielded two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings of a 7-2 victory. Of his 105 pitches, 71 were strikes.

"He's always been tough on us," Mets manager Terry Collins said, per MLB.com. "You look at his numbers against the Mets over his career, he's been tough. We just never get him squared up very good."

Kennedy lowered his ERA from 7.15 to 6.60 after Tuesday's gem.

"You're always working, always thinking about ways to improve," manager Bud Black said. "But primarily the work in the 'pen payed off. Once he got through that first inning, had a good second inning, you could see his confidence build with all his pitches."

He will look to remain in the rotation with another solid outing on Monday against the Braves in Atlanta.


Two rotation spots for Padres' Kennedy, Despaigne, Morrow


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Padres manager Bud Black discussed the team's rotation on Monday, saying that two of Ian Kennedy, Odrisamer Despaigne and Brandon Morrow would remain in the rotation upon Morrow's return, MLB.com reports.

"We have several options," said Black. "Despaigne made three good starts; no doubt about it. The options are when Brandon comes back, move Morrow into the rotation and move either Ian or Despaigne to the bullpen . . . or put Brandon in bullpen."

Despaigne opened the season in the bullpen, while Morrow also has bullpen experience. Kennedy hasn't pitched out of the bullpen before but has struggled in the rotation this year, posting a 7.15 ERA and 37:14 K:BB ratio in 39 innings.

"Kennedy's trying to get his release point a little higher for a better downward angle," Black said. "It's a little different for Ian, who is more of a drop-and-drive, long-stride thrower. There are subtle adjustments. Fastball command has been an issue. Physically he feels fine, just a couple minor mechanical adjustments. In the games he's pitched well, he's located his fastball and his secondary pitches landed in the strike zone. We want to get Ian back to being the pitcher we've seen here."

Morrow is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio on Tuesday and is expected to make at least two rehab starts with the team.

"Brandon has to pitch well and feel good Tuesday," said Black. "He'll probably have to do it again Sunday. Sixty pitches Tuesday and then bump to 75-80, so when he comes back he'll be capable of 90, 95, 100 pitches."


Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy finds an issue with release point


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy is using his days off to figure out what has gotten him into some trouble on the mound lately, according to MLB.com.

"As a starter, it's nice to have four or five days between starts. But when you don't do well, you want to get back out there," Kennedy said. "Unlike hitters, we can't just go out there every day and take 200 cuts in the cage."

Kennedy has been working with pitching coach Darren Balsley to figure out some of the issues, including control.

"My command is not where it needs to be. That's what I need to have to be good," he said, "… There has been a lot of pitches running back over the plate or hanging over the plate.

"I've struggled in the past. This isn't the first time. But I can't look back at it anymore. I have to fix this."

Kennedy is 2-5 with a 7.15 ERA in 39 innings of work so far this season.


Padres' Bud Black: Ian Kennedy 'bummed' about Thursday's loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) After it appeared Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy turned the corner in his previous start against the Dodgers, his issues resurfaced in a loss Thursday against the Padres, as he allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings.

"He is bummed because he was looking forward to this one,'' manager Bud Black said, per MLB.com. "He got some pitches elevated and they didn't miss them.''

Kennedy has now lost his last four starts and has seen his ERA balloon to 7.15.

"I'm falling behind hitters and it's tough to pitch like that,'' Kennedy said.

The right-hander said the strained left hamstring that landed him on the disabled list is not the reason for his woes. 

"There is definitely no pain,'' he said. 

Kennedy struggled with his fastball command Thursday.

"I don't know if I'm yanking the ball, pushing the ball,'' he said. "I've been up and down and it's very frustrating. My fastball command was all over the place."

Kennedy, who did record his 1,000th career strikeout on Thursday, said he will work with pitching coach Darren Balsley to figure out how to end this slide.

"You have to be as consistent as possible and my career has been about that,'' Kennedy said. "This has been a real test with the way I've pitched."


Padres SP Ian Kennedy struggles in Thursday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy ran into trouble during the first inning of Thursday's 11-5 loss to the Pirates and it never got better for Kennedy.

Kennedy (2-5) allowed seven runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings of work during the loss. He struck out five batters and walked two. The long ball was Kennedy's undoing. Kennedy gave up a three-run home run to Jung Ho Kang in the first inning. He also surrendered a solo home run Gregory Polanco in the second and a two-run home run to Starling Marte in the third.

Kennedy has allowed five or more runs in three of his last four starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets.


Padres SP Ian Kennedy takes tough loss on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Padres starter Ian Kennedy picked up a tough-luck loss on Saturday against the Dodgers. Kennedy went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. He threw 110 pitches, 77 for strikes as the Padres lost 2-0.

Kennedy (2-4) put himself in an early hole, serving up a lead-off home run to Joc Pederson in the first inning. Kennedy allowed another run on an RBI double in the sixth, which would be all the damage against him.

The right-hander still holds an ugly 6.11 ERA through seven starts. He'll look to build off this strong start when he takes the mound again Thursday against the Pirates.


Walks hurt Padres SP Ian Kennedy in defeat


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Padres starter Ian Kennedy had his second consecutive rough outing Sunday, getting shelled for six runs in five innings as the Nationals rolled to a 10-5 win. 

The issue for Kennedy was his control. He allowed only three hits on the contest, but handed out for free passes, setting the stage for Washington take advantage. Kennedy has issued seven walks in his last two starts, more than the combined total of his first four outings (5) this season. 

Kennedy threw 91 pitches and saw his ERA rise to 6.75.


Padres SP Ian Kennedy gets hit hard again, drops to 2-2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy served up a pair of home runs and dropped back to .500 on the season Tuesday night against Seattle.

Kennedy (2-2) allowed a three-run home run to Kyle Seager in the opening frame and a solo home run to Logan Morrison in the third. He was charged with five earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out five over 4 2/3 innings of a 11-4 defeat. Of his 106 pitches, 65 were strikes.

Kennedy has allowed eight earned runs over his last three starts (17 2/3 innings). He will try to climb over .500 on Sunday at home against Washington.


Padres push back starter Odrisamer Despaigne in rotation


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) The Padres will use their off day Monday to push back starter Odrisamer Despaigne in the rotation, now going with Ian Kennedy in Game 1 of the Padres' series in Seattle on Tuesday and keeping James Shield (Wednesday) and Tyson Ross (Thursday) on regular rest, reports U-T San Diego.

Andrew Cashner would presumably start Friday on regular rest, leaving Despaigne to return to the rotation Saturday against the Nationals.

Despaigne struggled during his last start, giving up eight runs on 10 hits in five innings for a loss.

“We'll push him back, not skip,” Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday. “Pushing back is a little bit different than skipping. Skip means that we're putting someone else in.”

Despaigne was moved into the starting rotation from the bullpen when pitcher Brandon Morrow (shoulder) went on the disabled list May 3.


Padres P Ian Kennedy picks up win in Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed one run on six hits over seven solid innings of work during Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Giants.

"I mixed a lot more today. The change was down, my slider came around and the curveball was OK. For the most part, it was fastball command," Kennedy said, per MLB.com.

The one run Kennedy surrendered came in the third inning when he gave up two hits during the inning. Kennedy (2-1) received his second win in a row for his effort in addition to his second-consecutive quality start. He lowered his ERA from 7.11 to 5.03.

"I feel like to what I was at the end of spring training. After the Dodger start, I felt out of rhythm," he said. "Last two starts, I feel good. I feel I'm back on track to where I felt at the end of spring training."

His next expected start is Tuesday at Seattle.


Padres put P Brandon Morrow on the 15-day DL; recall P Frank Garces


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) The Padres have placed pitcher Brandon Morrow (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to May 3) and recalled pitcher Frank Garces from Triple-A El Paso, reports MLB.com

Morrow was shut down due to inflammation in his right shoulder. 

In five starts this season, Morrow is 2-0 with a 2.73 ERA. 

Garces had made six relief appearances for the Padres this season (1.84 ERA) before being sent down to the minors April 25 to make room for pitcher Ian Kennedy, who had come off the DL.


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.