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Ian Kennedy (SP)

San Diego Padres - 59% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Ian Kennedy returned to the rotation thinking he was ready to go. Well after 4 1/3 innings and an 11-8 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night, Kennedy may need some bullpen work before getting into the regular rotation. He gave up 8 runs and three home-runs. His location and his rhythm just seemed off as the Dodgers hitters took advantage in a big way. Kennedy commented after looking over the video of his outing. "I didn't execute a lot of my pitches. And when I started falling behind [in the count], the pitches I tried to locate, I didn't locate them as well," Kennedy said. In the game tape Kennedy saw his upper-body was off which in turn was messing up with his throwing mechanics, an old behavior of his. "It's one of those things I've done in the past, I'm trying to get away from. Last year, it was an inning or two or a pitch here and there. I've got it pretty much figured out what it was," Kennedy said.

Fantasy Impact: Ian Kennedy remains a high risk/high reward type of pitcher for all you fantasy owners out there. If you have him, be weary and may be better to bench him for awhile. If he is on your waiver-wires, think twice about bringing him onto your every day rosters. If you have an empty bench slot, then maybe worth picking up. 8 runs was the most Kennedy's has given up since he gave up 10 against the Cardinals in June of 2013. So this is NOT a normal trend for Kennedy.


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Ian Kennedy finished his required rehab by throwing a side session on Wednesday. If Kennedy responds well on Thursday, then all signs are set for his return to the rotation Saturday vs the Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Bud Black commented on Kennedy's rehab work. "Ian's side was good," manager Bud Black said. "He came out of it fine. We'll see how he is [Thursday], and make sure he's fine." With no starter penciled in for Saturday, Black reinforced the teams stance. "It'll be Kennedy or Despaigne," Black said. "You wouldn't be wrong speculating either. But you wouldn't be wrong if you speculated Kennedy a little more." (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Odrisamer Despaigne has filled in, going 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in 13 2/3 innings. Those numbers will go back into the bullpen if Kennedy is ready to start Saturday vs the Dodgers. As for Kennedy, it becomes the "high risk, high reward" situation you started the season with. Better to steer clear until Ian Kennedy has some quality starts without injury under his belt.


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Ian Kennedy left the Padres home opener after just 2 1/3 inning pitched with a hamstring strain. "I just felt something grab and [in the third inning] I could feel it slowly and slowly getting tighter," Kennedy said. He had to that point thrown 33 pitches with just two hits allowed, two walks and two strikeouts. Padres ended up losing to the Giants 1-0 in 12 innings. "This could be a possible disabled list [stint]. It's a mild hamstring strain. Those are tricky. Our doctors have looked at him," said Padres manager Bud Black.

Fantasy Impact: Ian Kennedy is heading to the 15-day DL. His replacement, Odrismer Despaigne made his case for replacing Kennedy as he retired all 14 batters he faced in relief. He might be worth a pick up off the waiver-wire as Bud Black has confirmed that Despaigne will make Kennedy's next scheduled start against the Diamondbacks Tuesday.


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Ian Kennedy got his final tune up against the Mexican international team, the Diablo Rojos. He stuck out 3 over 3 scoreless innings as the Padres beat the Diablo Rojos 8-0.

Fantasy Impact: Ian Kennedy holds a 1-1 record this spring with a 3.78 ERA. He's allowed 7 earned runs (4 of them via home run) and has walked 4 while striking out 16 in just over 16 innings pitched. Kennedy is looking like he is settling down & healthy, so expect solid contributions this season.


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Ian Kennedy gave up 2 runs on 4 hits over 3 innings against the Indians. Both runs were home runs - a Carlos Santana blast to right field and a Francisco Lindor inside-the-park homer after a misplay by Wil Myers.

Fantasy Impact: Ian Kennedy's spring struggles continue. During his three starts, he has yielded 12 hits over just 6 2/3 innings, whilst conceding 7 earned runs (4 home runs). It is likely that he will soon find his groove so expect 200 IP & 200 SO.


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Giants hit Ian Kennedy hard

Tue, Mar 10th 5:45pm EDT
By Gavin Tramps

Ian Kennedy gave up 3 ER on 5 hits in 1.2 innings against the Giants. He struck out two and conceded a home run to Joe Panik.

Fantasy Impact: With the big bat additions in San Diego, Ian Kennedy will expect to improve on last season's 13 - 13 record. He pitched 201 innings with an ERA of 3.63. It is debatable whether he will justify being one of the first 50 SP off the board.


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Kennedy came into the game after Andrew Cashner lasted for one inning giving up three hits and one run. Kennedy gave up 3 hits, 2 runs (both earned) one walk and no K's in two innings of work.

Fantasy Impact: Ian Kennedy got beat up as Nelson Cruz homered and Robinson Cano doubled off the right-hander. His 3.63 ERA was good last year. He will be one of the starters on the Padres. Not a bad guy to have on your fantasy team as a number 5 or 6 pitcher.


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