Ian Kennedy to rejoin the Padres’ rotation Saturday

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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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.