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Ian Kennedy: Retires following World Series
Kennedy retired following the World Series on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Kennedy ended the season on the injured list with a shoulder injury, and he opted to retire immediately after winning his first World Series with the Rangers. He pitched in 17 seasons at the big-league level and had strong runs of success as a starter as a member of the Diamondbacks, Padres and Royals before shifting to the bullpen later in his career.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Season over with shoulder issue
Kennedy was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday due to a right rotator cuff strain, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
Kennedy had his contract selected by the Rangers on Sept. 5 and made five appearances with the team, posting a 7.11 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across 6.1 frames. His season will come to a close, but he'll have his eyes set on a healthy return for spring training.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Contract selected by Texas
The Rangers selected Kennedy's contract from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.
The veteran right-hander made the Rangers' Opening Day roster as a non-roster invitee, but he was designated for assignment and elected free agency in mid-May after he posted a 7.20 ERA in 11 outings. Kennedy re-signed on a minor-league deal in June and has a 3.51 ERA and 30:9 K:BB over 25.2 innings at Triple-A, and he'll receive another chance with the big club for the stretch run.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Re-ups with Texas
Kennedy re-signed with the Rangers on a minor-league contract June 13.
Kennedy became a free agent in mid-May upon clearing waivers after the Rangers designated him for assignment. After spending about a month exploring his options on the open market, he determined a return to Texas was his best course of action. The 38-year-old right-hander has yet to make an appearance for an affiliate since re-signing with Texas, as he's still in the process of building back up again at the Rangers' spring training facility in Arizona. Once he's deemed ready for game action, Kennedy will presumably report to Triple-A Round Rock.... See More ... See Less
Ian Kennedy: Heads to open market
Kennedy elected free agency Sunday after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock.
Rather than sticking around in the Rangers organization after he was removed from the 40-man roster last Thursday, Kennedy will explore his options on the open market. The 38-year-old right-hander posted a 7.20 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 13:3 K:BB in 10 innings out of the Texas bullpen prior to being designated for assignment.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Designated for assignment
Kennedy was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Thursday.
Kennedy was bludgeoned for 10 runs (eight earned) over 10 innings to earn a ticket off the 26- and 40-man rosters. The 38-year-old struggled mightily in 2022, as well, so it's possible this is the end of the line for the 17-year veteran.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Part of ugly seventh inning
Kennedy allowed five runs (four earned) on two hits and two walks over a third of an inning in Saturday's 8-2 loss to Houston.
Kennedy entered in the seventh inning with the Rangers down a run and didn't survive the frame. The right-hander gave up two hits and two walks, the second of which produced the inning's first run. He then induced a grounder, which was booted by shortstop Josh Smith as two more runs scored. That ended Kennedy's night, but he was charged with another two runs in an ugly inning that included the ejection of manager Bruce Bochy. Kennedy has allowed seven runs (five earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out five over 3.2 innings through five outings.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Mops up in loss
Kennedy threw a perfect eighth inning in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Cubs.
Kennedy made his second appearance of the season, both as the final pitcher in 2-0 losses. He earned a roster spot with an effective stint in the Cactus League and was considered a possible closer candidate due to Jose Leclerc's neck injury in spring training, but with Leclerc healthy and Will Smith added to the roster, it looks like Kennedy will serve as a competent bullpen arm that can pitch in a variety of roles.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Makes Opening Day roster
The Rangers selected Kennedy's contract Wednesday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.
He was probably going to make the team regardless of how he performed in spring training, but Kennedy forced his way onto the roster with a 2.25 ERA and 8:3 K:BB over eight Cactus League innings. The veteran reliever could even work his way into closing situations on a team without an established back end of the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Makes another scoreless appearance
Kennedy allowed one walk over a scoreless sixth inning in Saturday's spring game against the Angels.
This was the fifth straight scoreless appearance for Kennedy, a non-roster invitee who has allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four during the scoreless stretch. "He's experienced and he's gotten better as spring has gone on, which is usually the case with those guys," Texas manager Bruce Bochy said. "He knows what he's doing out there." Kennedy has recent history as a closer, including a stint with the Rangers in 2021, but it's unlikely he rises to that level if added to the Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ian Kennedy: Signs with Texas
Kennedy signed a deal with the Rangers on Thursday, he announced on his personal Instagram account.
Kennedy struggled mightily in 2022 and posted a 5.36 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 50.1 innings. As a result, his $4 million option was declined by Arizona, though he'll look to bounce back with the Rangers -- a team he had plenty of success with in 2021. Kennedy has picked up double-digit saves in three of the last four seasons, though he'll likely enter the campaign behind at least Jose Leclerc for the closer role.... See More ... See Less
Ian Kennedy: Becomes free agent
The Diamondbacks declined to pick up Kennedy's $4 million mutual option Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Kennedy got hit around quite a bit last season, recording a 5.36 ERA and 1.57 WHIP over 50.1 innings out of the bullpen, so it's not much of a surprise to see Arizona let him walk. Kennedy will turn 38 in December, so the possibility of retirement is certainly on the table.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Pounded in blowout loss
Kennedy allowed four runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's 12-3 loss to the Padres.
Kennedy entered a low-leverage situation with the Diamondbacks trailing 7-1 and allowed runs for a fourth consecutive outing. He was removed from being the sole closer after blowing two saves last week and has allowed seven runs on seven hits without striking out a batter in two appearances since.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Fluid closer situation
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said the team's closer situation is "fluid," after Kennedy blew two consecutive save opportunities, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Kennedy gave up two runs in the ninth inning of a 6-5 loss to the Padres on Tuesday after allowing a game-tying home run in ninth against Milwaukee on Saturday. The manager would not commit to using Kennedy if a save chance arose Wednesday (one did not). "It's a fluid situation right now," Lovullo said. "We're still talking through that. My job is to help this team win baseball games and I'm going to make the best decision moving forward to help us do that." Lovullo has other veteran options to close games, but Mark Melancon (9.95 ERA last eight games) and Joe Mantiply (12.71 ERA last eight games) have both struggled the last few weeks.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Takes another blown save
Kennedy (4-7) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss and a blown save versus the Padres on Tuesday.
Kennedy was tasked with protecting a one-run lead in this contest. He walked the first batter, then got two outs before allowing three straight baserunners. The last was a Jorge Alfaro two-run single to walk it off for the Padres, sending Kennedy to his second straight blown save. The 37-year-old right-hander has picked up some save chances with Mark Melancon out of the closer role, but Kennedy's now posted a 4.26 ERA over 12.2 innings since the start of August. This was his sixth blown save of the year to go with 10 saves, 11 holds, a 3.60 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP through 45 innings.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Blows save Saturday
Kennedy was tagged with a blown save against Milwaukee on Saturday as a result of giving up one run on one hit in one inning.
Kennedy was summoned to protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning, but he served up a game-tying solo homer to Rowdy Tellez. The long ball marked the first run Kennedy has given up over five appearances since Aug. 16. Kennedy has converted 10 of 15 save chances this season while Mark Melancon is 17-for-20 in such opportunities.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy: Earns 10th save
Kennedy allowed a hit and no walks while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save during Friday's win over the Brewers.
The Diamondbacks haven't had many save situations over the last few weeks since they've had some high-scoring matchups, but Kennedy was called upon during Friday's low-scoring game, and he picked up his 10th save of the year. The right-hander was charged with a blown save after giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Giants on Aug. 16, but he's tossed 3.1 scoreless innings over four appearances since then. Both Kennedy and Mark Melancon should remain in the mix for save chances over the final month of the regular season.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-0, 210 lbs|
|Birthplace: Huntington Beach, CA|
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