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Kendrick Apologizes to Ryno, Discusses Future

Kyle KendrickKyle Kendrick apologized to Ryne Sandberg this morning at AT&T Park for almost leaving the mound before his manager arrived during a pitching change in the sixth inning yesterday.

Kendrick stormed off the field and immediately into the Phillies clubhouse.

“I didn’t want to come out of the game,” Kendrick said. “I wasn’t trying to show up Ryno or nothing. I didn’t try to. That wasn’t my intention. I was just upset. I wanted to get where nobody could see me as quickly as possible.”

He also said he wasn’t upset at teammates Chase Utley and Ryan Howard for letting a routine pop up fall between them, which sparked an ugly inning in which the Phillies blew a four-run lead in a 6-5 loss.

“I didn’t handle it right,” Kendrick said. “That wasn’t very professional of me.”

Kendrick is 5-11 with a 4.90 ERA, which is the third-highest ERA out of 94 qualifying pitchers in baseball. He is a free agent after the season.

“Everything has just kind of been building up,” Kendrick said. “It’s been a tough year for us as a team and me personally. You’ve still got to keep fighting. But little stuff irritates you. … When I’m pitching I don’t really think about (free agency). When I’m out there I’m just focused on one pitch at a time. When I’m out there, no. It’s definitely not on my mind. Maybe in between starts I think about it because – shoot, I’m human. I have a family to provide for. I have two kids. So I think, where am I going to be? All that stuff.”

Asked if he thinks he will be back with the Phillies, Kendrick said, “I don’t know. I want to go where whoever wants me. That’s where I want to go. If it’s here, great. If they want me. You want to go somewhere where you’re wanted. We’ll see. I don’t know.”

Hamels Isn’t Worried About Free Agency

Cole Hamels looked good in 5 2/3 innings this afternoon at Bright House Field. He will pitch a few innings in an exhibition game next week in Philadelphia before pitching in the home opener April 9 against Miami at Citizens Bank Park.

Hamels becomes a free agent after the season. The Phillies and Hamels are not close to an extension, but Hamels isn’t too worried about it. Here is what he said:

Q: Surprised or upset at all a deal might not be struck before Opening Day?
A: No, I haven’t been thinking about it at all. This is something where it’s going to linger until something happens. Fortunately for the way I go out every single day and the approach I take is just to go out and get in good shape, get my workouts in, do everything I can possibly do right on the field, and things will take care of itself.

Q: When news broke Magic Johnson is buying the Dodgers everybody was saying, ‘Oh, that’s good news for Hamels.’ Did you think anything about it?
A: I didn’t know Magic Johnson knew anything about baseball. That’s my reaction. (laughs) I’m kind of glad everything can move on. It’s good to know all Major League teams have a functioning ownernship, and things are more clear for everybody, not just in baseball.

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Yankees Fans Heart Hamels

Cole Hamels noticed something unusual while warming up in the Phillies bullpen today.

Friendly Yankees fans.

“Yankees fans were real nice for some odd reason,” he said after pitching two innings in an 8-5 loss to the Yankees at Bright House Field. “I don’t know why.”

Probably because they know Hamels will be a free agent after the season, unless the Phillies sign him to a contract extension. The always deep-pocketed Yankees could take a run at one of the best left-handers in baseball.

Insert dramatic music here.

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