Kennedy is one of two pitchers in the Opening Day rotation who logged over 200 innings last year. James Shields leads the pack with 227 innings as a Royal last year, and Kennedy follows with 201 innings in his first full season with San Diego. Tyson Ross threw 195 2/3 innings last year for the Friars.
"We're counting on Ian to be one of the anchors in our rotation," Black said. "This was a little bit of a hiccup with the strained hammy that put him on the DL and missed a couple spots, but he'll resume his spot in the rotation."
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