Phils promote Kendrick to become fifth starter

Posted: June 11, 2007

Desperate times have arrived for the Phillies.

That's why the club today announced that Kyle Kendrick, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound righthander, will be promoted from double-A Reading to take the spot of injured righthander Freddy Garcia on Wednesday against the Chicago White Sox.

In that game, Kendrick will face former Phillie Jim Thome, who has been told he will get his only start of the series on Wednesday.

Kendrick, 22, the Phils' seventh-round selection in 2003, was 4-7 with a 3.21 ERA at Reading. In 811/3 innings, he allowed 82 hits while striking out 50 and walking 18.

Phils manager Charlie Manuel said he would "play it by ear and see how he does" before proclaiming that Kendrick will remain in the rotation for a while.

"I like this kid. I've seen him in the minors and he has a good breaking ball and changeup and throws in the low 90s," Manuel said. "He's a prospect. A good prospect."

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