Kyle Kendrick was supposed to start two more times this season. Now that number is zero. Kendrick had suffered a shoulder injury that shut him down. He believed it was just soreness, and an MRI showed tendinitis. Kendrick got a second opinion and was told he should be shut down. The Philadelphia Phillies will now decide if they will want to bring him back for 2014.
Kendrick has had an up and down season. He started out well in April as he had a 2-1 record. Kendrick also had a 2.41 ERA in five starts. In those five starts, he had a complete game shutout. After April is when things began to go downhill and his ERA began to climb.
Kendrick has been in the major leagues since 2007. He has more winning seasons than losing, which people may not realize. He may be rocky at times but he has strong qualities.
Kendrick’s injury is coming at a bad time. His contract with the Phillies is ending this year. Teams will not want him if he is injured, but will the Phillies feel the same? Kendrick’s injury may not be serious, or it could affect his pitching abilities completely. Only time and doctors will be able to tell.
This season, Kendrick had a record of 10-13 and an ERA of 4.70. In 30 games, Kendrick gave up 18 home runs, but he struck out 110 batters.
Kendrick has always been there for the Phillies. He may not be their best pitcher, but he has always been ready to pitch. The Phillies have a big decision on if they want to keep Kendrick in their rotation or not. I believe he has shown he deserves to stay.