Philadelphia Phillies Will Struggle to Deal with Kyle Kendrick's Concussion

By Rebekah Milsted
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

When you hear of baseball players getting concussions many would think outfielders would be the ones getting them as they are usually the most aggressive. That is not the case for Kyle Kendrick. During his last start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Kendrick was hit by a pitch. The pitch, of course, hit him in the head.

He went out to pitch the sixth inning but was taken out after that. He came out because he was experiencing a headache, and he has since been diagnosed with a mild concussion.

Luckily the concussion is just mild. Kendrick is one of the Philadelphia Phillies‘ top starters. They can’t afford to lose him for long or hopefully at all.

Kendrick has an ERA of 3.59 with a record of 7-5. He has the second most wins on the team to Cliff Lee and has two complete games this season including one shutout.

This has been one of the strongest seasons for Kendrick yet. He made his MLB debut in 2007 and has had his struggles.  In 2008 his ERA was well over five as it came to 5.49. Every fifth day the Phillies never knew what Kendrick they were going to get.

This season they are almost always guaranteed a reliable Kendrick.  He has matured greatly these past few seasons having proven that he should be in the starting rotation.

Kendrick’s next start is supposed to be Saturday, but if his head is still causing concern he will go on the concussion DL list. The length of time he would be on the DL would only be seven days. Hopefully Kendrick will be able to make his start, but if not hopefully this concussion is not around for long.

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