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Ian Kennedy | Starting Pitcher | #31

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (21) / NYY
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Ian Kennedy was handed a no-decision Friday after allowing four runs over five innings versus the Indians.
Kennedy has now failed to complete six innings in four straight starts. His ERA has jumped from 2.08 to 4.43 during that time. Still in search of his first win, he’ll square off against the Tigers next week. May 26 - 10:35 PM

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Ian Kennedy was clobbered in his return from the disabled list on Sunday, allowing five runs on three hits in only two innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out one in the contest. The Twins jumped on him early in this one, with Robbie Grossman and Max Kepler each blasting two-run homers in the first inning. Still win-less on this season, Kennedy will carry a 4.06 ERA and 1.17 WHIP into Friday's start against the Indians in Cleveland.
May 21 - 8:40 PM

Royals activated RHP Ian Kennedy from the 10-day disabled list.

He's starting for the Royals in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Twins. He has been sidelined since May 5 due to a strained right hamstring. The right-hander owns a 3.03 ERA and 1.07 WHIP through 35 2/3 innings on the season.
May 21 - 6:24 PM

Ian Kennedy (hamstring) could return to the Royals' rotation Saturday in Minnesota.

There should be an official announcement after Kennedy's bullpen session Wednesday. The veteran right-hander has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5 because of a right hamstring strain. He owns a cool 3.03 ERA and 1.065 WHIP in 35 2/3 innings this season but has not recorded a win yet on the last-place Royals.
May 16 - 5:25 PM

Next weekend is the earliest the Royals would activate Ian Kennedy (hamstring) from the 10-day disabled list.

Manager Ned Yost said Kennedy still felt "some tugging" in his injured hamstring during a recent bullpen session. Kennedy is eligible to come off the DL on Monday but he needs more time. The right-hander is winless in six starts this year despite a respectable 3.03 ERA.
May 13 - 4:44 PM

Royals placed RHP Ian Kennedy on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.

Kennedy suffered the injury during Thursday's start against the White Sox. It's unclear at this point how long the veteran right-hander will be sidelined. The Royals haven't revealed who will take Kennedy's rotation spot, but they could move Travis Wood or Chris Young from the bullpen to the rotation.
May 5 - 12:29 PM

Ian Kennedy has been diagnosed with a right medial hamstring strain.

Kennedy allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 4 1/3 innings Thursday against the White Sox before exiting in the top of the fifth. The right-hander could be headed for the 10-day disabled list.
May 4 - 3:58 PM

Ian Kennedy left with a trainer in the fifth inning Thursday versus the White Sox.

Kennedy had allowed five runs -- four earned -- over 4 1/3 innings before getting replaced by Mike Minor in the top of the fifth. There should be a status update on the right-hander within the hour.
May 4 - 3:33 PM

Ian Kennedy held the Rangers to a lone run over seven innings of work in Saturday's no-decision.

Kennedy served up a solo homer to Mike Napoli to lead off the second inning but nothing more, allowing four hits and three walks in total. Unfortunately for the right-hander, he once again was left with nothing to show for it. He's now 0-2 on the year but with a 2.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 22/12 K/BB ratio. The wins will come, and in waves, if he continues to pitch this well. Friday against the Twins seems like a good spot for his first.
Apr 23 - 12:09 AM

Ian Kennedy was dominant over eight shutout innings Sunday in the Royals' 1-0 defeat of the Angels.

He was left with a no-decision because the Royals didn't get on the board until Alcides Escobar's walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kennedy struck out 10 and gave up just two hits over his eight impressive frames, lowering his season ERA from 4.09 to 2.37. A road start against the Rangers is next.
Apr 16 - 5:56 PM

Ian Kennedy allowed two earned runs over six innings Monday in the Royals' loss to the Athletics.

Kennedy walked two and allowed six hits, including a two-run homer to Khris Davis in the top of the fourth inning. It wasn't a bad outing, but A's youngster Jharel Cotton outdueled the veteran right-hander with seven shutout frames to grab the win in Kansas City's home opener. Kennedy will carry an 0-2 record and 4.09 ERA into his third regular-season start at home versus the Angels.
Apr 10 - 7:09 PM

Ian Kennedy scattered three hits and three runs over five innings Wednesday in the Royals’ loss to the Twins.

He recorded five walks and five strikeouts while throwing just 55 of his 95 pitches for strikes. Kennedy labored through a difficult second inning, allowing three runs while giving up two walks and two singles. He finished strong by retiring seven of the last eight batters he faced. It wasn’t the debut Kennedy was hoping for but it obviously could have gone much worse. Kennedy’s next start is scheduled for Monday against the Athletics.
Apr 5 - 4:19 PM

Ian Kennedy surrendered three run on five hits in two innings of action versus the Rangers on Friday.

Those were the first runs Kennedy has allowed all spring. He entered the game having thrown 17 1/3 innings of shutout baseball in Cactus League play. Today's poor outing nudged his ERA up to 1.40 in 19 1/3 innings. This was his last tune-up before the regular season, where he will serve as the Royals number two starter behind Danny Duffy. He pitched to an 11-11 record in 33 starts last year, notching a steady 3.68 ERA with 184 strikeouts in 195 2/3 innings.
Mar 31 - 11:03 PM

Ian Kennedy pitched well in Saturday's Cactus League showdown with the Brewers, fanning seven over six scoreless innings.

A nice, crisp tune-up start for Kennedy, who allowed all of three hits on the afternoon. Countering the seven strikeouts, he walked two. Kennedy has yet to allow a run over his 17 1/3 innings of spring action. The veteran right-hander is set to follow Danny Duffy in the Opening Day rotation.
Mar 25 - 6:53 PM

Ian Kennedy will start the Royals' home opener on April 10 against the Athletics.

That means he'll also start the second game of the regular season against the Twins, following Danny Duffy who got the nod for Opening Day. Kennedy has been outstanding in Cactus League competition, firing 11 1/3 shutout innings with a 12/1 K/BB ratio.
Mar 25 - 12:20 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Jorge Soler
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Brandon Moss
2Cheslor Cuthbert
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Vargas
4Jason Hammel
5Nate Karns
6Jake Junis
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Travis Wood
4Chris Young
5Mike Minor
6Kevin McCarthy
7Peter Moylan
8Scott Alexander
9Matt Strahm
10Seth Maness
11Brian Flynn