Phillies option Kendrick to Triple-A

Phillies option Kendrick to Triple-A

ST. LOUIS -- Less than 24 hours after he allowed seven runs in five innings against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Right-hander Andrew Carpenter was recalled to take his place.

Kendrick went 5-4 with a 4.82 ERA in 20 appearances (18 starts) for the Phillies. Interestingly, Kendrick's ERA is third-best in a rotation that includes Roy Halladay (2.40 ERA), Cole Hamels (3.63 ERA), Jamie Moyer (4.88 ERA) and Joe Blanton (6.21 ERA).

Carpenter was 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA in 18 starts this season with the IronPigs. It is unclear if he will take Kendrick's spot in the rotation or serve as a long man in the bullpen until the Phillies make another move. The Phillies have said left-hander J.A. Happ will help them at some point this season. They also are trying to acquire a starting pitcher in a trade.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.