Kendrick's change of scenery

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For the past few games pitching coach Rich Dubee sent struggling second-year starter Kyle Kendrick to the Phillies bullpen for a change of scenery instead of having Kendrick loiter in the Phillies dugout, as starters usually do between starts.

Dubee is convinced that the between-game change of atmosphere helped Kendrick regain his aggressive nature. Dubee cited Kendrick’s improved performance in his between-start bullpen session.

“I wanted to get him away from what was going in,” Dubee said, cryptically. “Hopefully, his head’s clear. He’ll attack the strike zone.”

Kendrick is 1-3 with a 9.14 earned-run average in his last five starts, in which he has averaged just over four innings.