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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Padres Injury Update: Ian Kennedy to miss start with oblique strain

By on 7/27/2014 09:30:00 PM

The San Diego Padres have scratched starting pitcher Ian Kennedy from Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves because of a strained left oblique. The Padres, however, expect him to miss only this one start. Lefty Jason Lane will come up from Triple-A El Paso to pitch Monday in the series finale against the Braves.

San Diego Union-Times' Dennis Lin reported that Kennedy has a mild strain in his left oblique that occurred during an at bat this past Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. He skipped his normal bullpen session between starts but expects to throw again on his next scheduled session Wednesday in preparation of making his next start Saturday.

Lin quoted Padres manager Bud Black discussing Kennedy's soreness. Black basically implied that the injury is minor and the decision to skip his start is more precautionary than anything else. Said Black,
“He could probably make (Monday’s) start, but for me, when a guy's a little bit tweaked and a pitcher doesn’t throw his side or doesn’t feel normal, it’s a little bit of a risk. But he’s so close to being able to pitch that we said, ‘Let's make sure,’ and we just backed him off.”
The Padres play the Braves back in San Diego on Saturday, but that is August 2, two days beyond the non-waiver trade deadline. Kennedy is a major trade candidate. On July 24, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman discussed the possibility of Kennedy going to the Yankees but that it would take an "overwhelming" offer for any team to land him. Should Kennedy need any further time out of action, that offer may not have to be so overwhelming. However, after 4:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 31, Kennedy would have to clear waivers for the Padres to trade him.

Kennedy is 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 22 starts for the Padres.

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