Manuel: Get off Kendrick's back

Kyle Kendrick trying to dig to China.It was a pretty innocent question, but Charlie Manuel used it to give his struggling young starter a vote of confidence. Yesterday, a colleague of mine asked the Phils' manager if he felt Kyle Kendrick needed a strong performance in his next outing in order to regain some confidence he may have lost during a horrendous start to the spring (0-2, 16.43 ERA, opp. BA of ..475). Manuel's answer? Absolutely not.

"Kyle doesn't have to prove anything to me," Manuel said. "I'll tell you something. Kyle Kendrick last year was 10-4 and the way he pitched, it's going to take more than a bad spring for him to lose his job."

There you have it. . .