Padres to place Ian Kennedy on the disabled list with a mild hamstring strain

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Padres starter Ian Kennedy suffered a mild strain of his left hamstring in his season debut against the Giants on Thursday and will be placed on the disabled list, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Kennedy suffered the injury with one out in the third inning. To that point, he had given up two hits and two walks while striking out two.

Odrisamer Despaigne, who replaced Kennedy in his Thursday start, is expected to take the vacant spot in the starting rotation. As for Kennedy’s vacant roster spot, the Padres are expected to call up lefty reliever Chris Rearick.

Despaigne, 28, pitched well in 16 starts for the Padres last season, posting a 3.36 ERA and a 65/32 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings.

Rearick, 27, has yet to pitch at the major league level. Last season, spending most of his time at Triple-A El Paso, Rearick compiled a 2.89 ERA and a 42/10 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings.