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)

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.