May 8, 2013 |
A couple of hours before Kyle Kendrick provided the Phillies with the kind of performance that is becoming standard for the underrated and underappreciated 28-year-old righthander, relief pitcher Chad Durbin recalled the running joke that used to be told about his teammate. "He's got two pitches: a sinker and a sinker," Durbin said. "It was half joke, but the reality was that his sinker was good enough that he could come up and get big-leaguers out with one pitch. He had some secondary pitches, but he didn't really need to go to them.
May 7, 2011 |
The Phillies' depth continues to be tested in an early season marked as much by injuries as victories. On Friday afternoon, the Phillies said that righthander Roy Oswalt would miss Saturday's scheduled start against Atlanta because of lower back inflammation. After Friday's 5-0 loss to the Braves, the Phillies decided to place Oswalt on the disabled list retroactive to April 27. Righthander Scott Mathieson was recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley. Kyle Kendrick will start against the Braves on Saturday.
July 4, 2010 |
PITTSBURGH - A month ago, when the Phillies were scuffling at the end of a road trip in Atlanta, Charlie Manuel saw some of his players watching the movie Gran Torino before the game. He was furious. Manuel had a clubhouse attendant turn the TV off and later warned of complacency. Before Saturday's 12-4 stomping of the Pirates, the door to Manuel's office was closed for the majority of time before batting practice. But he no doubt heard the screams coming from the clubhouse down the hallway.
March 31, 2013 |
Kyle Kendrick will hope the main event goes better than the dress rehearsal. Kendrick, scheduled to start the Phillies home opener Friday, had one last spring tune-up Saturday in the exhibition finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park. The 10-4 loss wasn't the warm homecoming he wanted. Kendrick allowed five earned runs on six hits in three innings. He left the mound to sarcastic cheers after finally retiring the side in a four-run third inning. "The good thing is they don't count," Kendrick said.
July 25, 2012 |
Even as Kyle Kendrick has flourished this July with a scoreless streak of 182/3 innings, there are unfulfilled goals. Kendrick has started 111 games in the majors, but it is only through injuries to other Phillies arms that he finds himself in the starting rotation during the last two seasons. He preserved a 12-inning victory Sunday with 21/3 more spotless frames. He has started 13 of his 22 games in 2012, and has a 4.54 ERA in that role. "Right now, I'll do whatever," Kendrick said.
February 13, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - There may be no joint more watched in baseball this spring than Roy Halladay's right shoulder, and for good reason. It is Halladay, the two-time Cy Young Award winner and quintessential ace, who could control these Phillies' fate. Then again, he is but one-fifth of the rotation, and will start 33 games at most. About 60 starts could come from the tandem of Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan, two pitchers who did not begin 2012 in a major-league rotation. The focus is not nearly as intense on those two as Phillies pitchers and catchers officially report Tuesday.
March 27, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Kyle Kendrick was pitching in a minor league game in the last week of March. This year, that is a good thing. Kendrick, who has spent most of the last 4 years in a swing role that has sometimes left him on the precipice of the minor leagues, wrapped up a strong spring training on Monday afternoon. He allowed five earned runs, while surrendering three home runs on a windy day, but he struck out eight and walked only one, and afterward was pleased with his preparation for the regular season.
February 17, 2008 |
The Phillies traded Kyle Kendrick yesterday. To the Yomiuri Giants. In Japan. For Kobayashi Iwamura. "Do they have good food in Japan?" a stunned Kendrick asked reporters, who circled his locker inside the clubhouse at Bright House Networks Field. "I don't know what to think right now. " Unbelievable, huh? Indeed. The Phillies executed an elaborate prank on Kendrick, one so believable that it had their 23-year-old starting pitcher convinced that he needed to be on a 7:05 a.m. Delta Airlines flight today, connecting in Atlanta for the 14-hour, 30-minute trip to Tokyo.
February 28, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The booming ball off the bat of Yankees cleanup hitter Mark Teixeira went foul. So then he took another thundering cut and ripped another pitch to rightfield. The double brought Ichiro Suzuki in from second as the Yankees quickly scored off Kyle Kendrick to take a first-inning lead at Bright House Field. A couple of years ago, a few hard-hit balls would have been enough to have people rolling their eyes at another Kendrick start. It might have been enough to derail Kendrick, too. But the former young, struggling righthander, once the butt of jokes and clubhouse pranks, is suddenly a confident, 28-year-old veteran with a solid place in the Phillies' rotation.
August 30, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Kyle Kendrick glanced at his phone the other day and saw a message from one of his brothers. It was video of their dad, Maury Kendrick, pitching. The elder Kendrick plays on an amateur team with Kyle's brothers. "He still pitches and he's in his 50s," Kyle Kendrick said of his dad. "He was blessed with good genetics and a healthy arm. " Apparently it's the gift that keeps giving, as the same genetic trait was passed on to Kendrick. Kendrick, 29, has never spent a day on the disabled list, not even in the minor leagues.