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


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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.