Kendrick to Start Saturday in Pittsburgh
The Phillies said earlier today Kyle Kendrick will start Saturday in Pittsburgh.
They had a spot available after optioning Vance Worley to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Because of a day off Thursday, the Phillies could have pushed their starters up a day and still had them pitch on normal rest, but in a long season Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee wants to give his starters an extra day to rest whenever possible.
Roy Halladay (91 1/3 innings), Cole Hamels (74 2/3 innings) and Cliff Lee (74 2/3 innings) entered tonight’s game against the Nationals ranked in the top 10 in the league in innings pitched.
Kendrick said he thinks he can throw at least 65 pitches Saturday. He is 1-1 with a 5.63 ERA in two starts this season. He threw five scoreless innings May 7 against Atlanta and allowed five runs in three innings May 19 against Colorado, when Joe Blanton learned he could not pitch because of an injured elbow roughly 20 minutes before the game.