Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 months ago

Kennedy (2-8) allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four across six innings to earn the win Saturday against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy turned in his second consecutive strong outing since returning from the disabled list. Saturday's start was highlighted by his ability to find the strike zone as he began 21 of the 26 batters he faced with a strike and threw 70 percent of his pitches for strikes. While Kennedy still isn't dominating with punchouts, he has allowed only two earned runs in 12 innings since coming back from the disabled list.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 months ago

Kennedy (oblique) allowed one run on four hits and three walks across six innings Sunday in a no-decision against the Twins. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy looked sharp in his first outing in nearly two months, throwing 68 percent of pitches for strikes while throwing first-pitch strikes to 17 of 24 hitters. He allowed a run on three hits in the second inning but was able to limit baserunners the rest of the way for his first quality start since June 23. Kennedy lowered his season ERA to 4.92 with this outing and will look to deliver more of the same this weekend against the Twins.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 months ago

Kennedy (oblique) was activated from the 10-day disabled list and will start Sunday's game against the Twins, Jarrid Denney of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy, who has been sidelined since July 10 with a strained left oblique, is expected to join what will likely be a six-man rotation for Kansas City down the stretch. The right-hander was roughed up in both of his minor-league rehab outings Aug. 29 and Sept. 3 and owns a 5.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 18 starts with the big club this season, making it difficult to be bullish on his prospects as he returns from the DL.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 months ago

Manager Ned Yost said Kennedy (oblique) is expected to return from the 10-day DL on Sunday and start the series finale in Minnesota, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy will rejoin the big-league roster after pitching in a second minor-league game with Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday. This will mark his first start in the majors since July 10, during which he re-aggravated a previous oblique injury that forced him to go on the DL in late June. Moving forward, Yost said that the club will stick with a six-man rotation, so that should help to give Kennedy a little extra rest in between starts.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 months ago

Royals manager Ned Yost said Kennedy (oblique) would make his final rehab start at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Monday before being reinstated from the 10-day disabled list later in the week, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy, who hasn't pitched for the big club since July 10 while battling a left oblique strain, began his rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha last week, tossing 3.2 innings and giving up three runs. He tossed 60 pitches in that outing, so the Royals will likely have the right-hander bump his count up to the 70-to-80-pitch range Monday before determining how he'll fit in with the big club in September. Yost suggested over the weekend that he's leaning toward using a six-man rotation during the final month of the season, so Kennedy could be an option to fill one of the openings as soon as Saturday against the Twins.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
3 months ago

Kennedy (oblique) covered 3.2 innings Wednesday in his rehab start for Triple-A Omaha and gave up three runs on four hits and a walk and struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy tossed 60 pitches (39) strikes in the outing, his first at any level since July 10 before he hit the disabled list with a left oblique strain. Given his workload Wednesday, Kennedy will likely require one more start in the minors to build up his pitch count before slotting back into the Kansas City rotation. Over his 18 starts in the big leagues this season, Kennedy has accrued a 5.13 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 87:34 K:BB in 94.2 innings.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
4 months ago

Kennedy (oblique) will report to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday to make a rehab start, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though he's been on the disabled list since just before the All-Star break with the left oblique strain, Kennedy is only expected to require one start in the minors before rejoining the Royals since he has already been able to complete a pair of simulated games. Assuming Kennedy's appearance Wednesday goes without a hitch, he should slot back into the Kansas City rotation shortly after rosters expand in September. Heath Fillmyer or Jorge Lopez seem to be the most likely candidates to surrender a starting role to Kennedy.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
4 months ago

Kennedy threw a simulated game in Arizona on Tuesday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kennedy is currently rehabbing from a strained left oblique at the team's spring training facilities. Tuesday marked his second simulated outing in the last week, bringing him one step closer to embarking on a minor-league rehab assignment.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
4 months ago

Kennedy (oblique) threw a 25-pitch simulated game Thursday, Rustin Dodd of The Athletic Kansas City reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is an encouraging step for Kennedy, who has been on the disabled list since July 11 with a left oblique strain. If he checks out OK in the coming days, the veteran right-hander could report to the team's spring training facilities to continue his rehab.

Ian Kennedy
SP KC
5 months ago

Kennedy (oblique) said Friday that "it could be quite awhile" before he returns to the mound for the Royals, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Flanagan interpreted Kennedy's statements to mean that he is weeks away from being activated, which would likely sideline the right-hander until the middle of August. Kennedy didn't imply that there was any sort of setback, just that the strained oblique will take longer to heal than previously anticipated. Look for a definitive timetable to arise once he's able to resume baseball activities in the near future.