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.