Kendrick sent to minors

The Phillies today optioned RHP Kyle Kendrick to the minor leagues, where he will likely pitch for the Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  This ends Kendrick's attempt to begin the season as the Phillies' fifth starter, of course. They also optioned C Lou Marson and INF Brad Harman.  We'll do everything we can to speak with Kendrick before he leaves.

Keep checking for updates.

Also, Curt Schilling is hanging up the bloody sox.


Kendrick spoke to reporters in front of his locker about an hour ago.  He was composed and focused on developing his secondary pitches and returning as a starter.  "I know what I need to do to get back here," he said.

Although Carlos Carrasco remains in camp, he will likely begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  So the race for teh fifth starter is down to J.A. Happ and Chan Ho Park.  Park said this morning that his hamstring was fine, and that he would pitch tomorrow against Toronto.  Happ has allowed two runs and five hits in five innings against the Yankees today.