Phillies demote Kyle Kendrickby Eric Schwartz
One day after getting shelled for seven runs and three homers in five innings, Kyle Kendrick had an even worse day on Wednesday.
The Phillies optioned Kendrick to Triple A and recalled Andrew Carpenter to take his place in the rotation. Kendrick, who had several strong performances in the first half of the season has struggled as of late and is currently 5-4 with a 4.82 ERA. A month ago there was thought of Kendrick being demoted when J.A. Happ returned from injury but Happ has been getting shelled in the minors and his fastball is topping out in the mid-80s making him a non-factor for the rest of this season unless something drastically changes.
Carpenter is 7-6 with the Iron Pigs with a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts. He started one career game with the Phillies and produced a 9.45 ERA.
I highly doubt that the Phillies will be banking on Carpenter for long – at least I would hope not. He may just be a stop gap until the team acquires another starter before the July 31 trade deadline. The team had been in the market for a starter for the better part of the summer and this move makes it clearer now than ever that they need to make a move.
And then there’s Joe Blanton. But that’s a topic for another day.