Who stays, who goes on the Phils?
Kyle Kendrick put up a 6.91 ERA after the All-Star break, the worst mark among MLB starting pitchers in the second half. (AP)
To no surprise, the Phillies have placed the recently-shut down Kyle Kendrick on the 15-day disabled list.
Prior to last Friday’s game, manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters that the Phils decided to shut down Kendrick for the rest of the season as the right-hander battles right shoulder tendinitis (see story).
Kendrick was sent to the DL because the Phillies needed the roster spot to reinstate reliever Antonio Bastardo, who is serving a 50-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, on the last day of the season.
After the All-Star break, Kendrick posted a 6.91 ERA, the worst mark among MLB starting pitchers in the second half.
However, his struggles may have been a result of his injury.
The day after his season was declared over, Kendrick said his shoulder was already feeling better.
“My second half wasn’t great, but I wasn’t fully healthy,” Kendrick said.
The Phillies have a decision to make on Kendrick this offseason as he is eligible for salary arbitration for the final time. The 29-year-old will get a raise from the $4.5 million he made this season, but how much of a raise could determine his future with the club. If the price goes up too much, the Phils have to consider whether they want to keep Kendrick (see story).
Kendrick, in his seventh season with the Phillies, went 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA.