Thursday, December 25, 2014

Kendrick's job to lose

The Phillies have completed Day 2 of workouts for pitchers and catchers. After today's workout, pitching coach Rich Dubee said that righthander Kyle Kendrick "is still the leading candidate" for the open fifth starter's job.

Kendrick's job to lose

"I can´t walk away from those 21 wins" in 50 starts, Rich Dubee said of Kyle Kendrick. (Eric Mencher/Staff Photographer)
"I can't walk away from those 21 wins" in 50 starts, Rich Dubee said of Kyle Kendrick. (Eric Mencher/Staff Photographer)

Inquirer staff writer Jim Salisbury reports:

The Phillies have completed Day 2 of workouts for pitchers and catchers. After today's workout, pitching coach Rich Dubee said that righthander Kyle Kendrick "is still the leading candidate" for the open fifth starter's job.

"I can't walk away from those 21 wins," Dubee said.

Kendrick has 21 wins in his first 50 big-league starts. He lost his spot in the rotation late last season, but hopes improvements to his changeup and slider will help him win back the job this spring.

Dubee emphasized that three others have a chance to win the job in spring training: They are lefty J.A. Happ and righthanders Chan Ho Park and Carlos Carrasco.

"We'll evaulate all of them," Dubee said. "If someone is better, we'll go with someone better."

More on Kendrick in Monday's Inquirer. We'll also have a look at the story behind Carlos Ruiz' decision to play for his native Panama in the World Baseball Classic.
 
 
 
About this blog

The place for up-to-the-minute Phillies coverage from The Inquirer beat writer Matt Gelb and columnist Bob Brookover.

Matt Gelb Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected