On the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy has been cleared to rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Dodgers.
Kennedy hurt his hamstring in his first start of the season and his return after two missed starts pushes Odrisamer Despaigne back to the bullpen.
Since coming to the Padres in a mid-2013 trade Kennedy has started 44 games with a 3.73 ERA and 264 strikeouts in 261 innings. He’s making $9.85 million this year in his final season before free agency.
Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.
Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.
Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.