Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy landed on the disabled list after exiting his season debut on April 9 with a mild left hamstring strain, but Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that he’s on track to return Saturday against the Dodgers.
Kennedy threw 81 pitches over six innings today in an extended spring training game and Padres manager Bud Black said he “felt good” and “had no issues with the hamstring.” He’ll rejoin the team on Tuesday to be re-evaluated, but all signs point to him being activated for his next turn. Odrisamer Despaigne has been filling in, but he’ll presumably be moved back to the bullpen.
Kennedy, 30, is coming off a decent bounceback season where he posted a 3.63 ERA with a career-high 207 strikeouts over 201 innings.
Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.
Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.
The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.
Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.