Diamondbacks pick Ian Kennedy as Opening Day starter

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Arizona announced that Ian Kennedy will get the Opening Day assignment after throwing 194 innings with a 3.80 ERA last season.

Kennedy has bounced back nicely after injuries took him from top prospect to afterthought with the Yankees and he led the team in both wins and ERA last year, but as senor Calcaterra pointed out in his Diamondbacks season preview Daniel Hudson is probably the best bet to emerge as Arizona’s best starter this year.

And then there’s the veteran of the rotation, Joe Saunders, who presumably would have gotten the Opening Day nod had he not forgotten how to win last season. Funny how that works.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.