Boston Red Sox Talk: Kyle Kendrick Experiment Might Have Come To A Close On Friday Night
Starter Kyle Kendrick pitched for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Friday night in a start that felt like his job was on the line.
His outing couldn’t have started any worse with the righty giving up two earned runs in the first inning on four loud base hits. Even Kendrick’s outs were loud with the exception of a pop-up to Pablo Sandoval in foul territory over at third.
Kendrick ran into some more problems in the third inning. He gave up one run and 2 base hits in the third. He was able to settle down a bit after the troublesome first and worked around base hits every inning he was on the mound.
The fourth run allowed by Kendrick on the night came in the fifth inning with the bases loaded jam. He got the needed ground ball with one out but the infield turned the play too slow only getting one out instead of the inning ending double-play.
Kendrick’s final line on Friday was 5 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K’s and threw 99 pitches, 63 for strikes. Not a good start, but acceptable given his struggles in his last two outings.
In his previous outing, he gave up 5 earned runs in 2 innings resulting in a 7-day-dl stint, and in the outing before that, he gave up 10 earned runs.
All in all, Friday’s outing wasn’t a killer to his PawSox career. But the overall performance this season will be what could get him cut.
Kendrick was signed by Boston this past offseason with the idea of starting pitching depth. Kendrick has pitched the majority of the season down in AAA-Pawtucket but he has had his opportunity at the Major League Level.
The 32-year-old right-hander pitched in 2 starts for the big league club going 8.1 innings with a 12.96 ERA over the two starts. His ineffectiveness in those outings has kept him down in Pawtucket. On June 22nd the Boston Red Sox outrighted Kendrick off their 40-man roster and keeping him for the long-term in Pawtucket with no takers on the waiver wire.
Kendrick’s failure to impress at the major league level has translated to his time with the PawSox.
For Pawtucket, the journeyman has struggled against minor league batters. He has a 7.43 ERA in AAA in 66.2 innings pitched.
On Friday it seems like the Kendrick experiment could have come to its conclusion. With Brian Johnson coming back from injury one can all but assume that it is time to cut the veteran loose. Of course, Pawtucket and Boston could opt to keep Kendrick around, but the roster spot he possesses is one that should be used on an up-and-coming pitcher.
If Friday’s start is indeed his last in the Red Sox organization there should be an update in the coming days.