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Ian Kennedy, who was placed on the IL on August 31st, received an MRI that showed a Grade 2 calf strain. Royals medical staff anticipates at least a three-week recovery per beat writer Jeffrey Flanagan.
With just a little under a month of the regular season left it's highly doubtful that Kennedy will recover in time to pitch. He can be safely dropped in all fantasy leagues. Jesse Hahn has looked great in a setup role for the Royals and picked up his first save a few days ago. It will be Greg Holland and Hahn going forward in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Royals placed RHP Ian Kennedy on the 10-day injured list with a calf strain.
Kennedy suffered the injury during his appearance on Sunday. The team recalled Chance Adams in a corresponding move.
Ian Kennedy hurt his calf in ninth inning of the Royals game against the White Sox on Saturday. Manager Mike Matheny said a trip to the IL is a possibility.
Kennedy is in the mix for saves in Kansas City now that Trevor Rosenthal is headed to San Diego. However, he has a 9.00 ERA in 14 innings pitched this season. Fantasy owners in standard 12-team redraft leagues can leave Kennedy on the Waiver Wire for now but he is worth monitoring in case he claims the closers' role in Kansas City.
Ian Kennedy is serving as Kansas City's opener on Friday against the Twins.
So much for our preseason expectations that Kennedy was the team's locked-in closer. Jakob Junis had been scheduled to start tonight but will instead be the Royals' bulk pitcher.
Ian Kennedy gave up one run while striking out two over one inning of relief as the Tigers took down the Royals 5-4 on Wednesday.
Kennedy came in with the game tied at four before giving up a solo shot to JaCoby Jones, which was enough to get saddled with the loss. He was slated to be the Royals' closer to start the year but he's only pitched three innings over two appearances, neither of which were a save/hold situation. The Royals seem time taking a closer-by-committee approach early on with Greg Holland notching the team's only save. There won't be many save opportunities to begin with but this whole situation dampens Kennedy's value.