Kennedy slated to start today against Twins

Kennedy slated to start today against Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy remains on schedule.

Prior to Friday night's series opener against the Twins, manager Ned Yost said the Royals plan to activate Kennedy from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. A corresponding roster move will also have to made. Kennedy will then oppose Adalberto Mejia, whom the Twins plan to promote, in the middle game at Target Field.

"He's good to go, ready to go. We will wait," Yost said. "The weather [rain in the forecast] doesn't look good tomorrow. If we do get a break and get to play, he will pitch."

The only way the plan for Kennedy changes is if Mother Nature intervenes. If Saturday's game is postponed, Yost said the club will then activate and start Kennedy on Sunday.

If there is a doubleheader on Sunday, Kennedy would likely start the twin-bill opener. Twins manager Paul Molitor admitted he would prefer a doubleheader. However, Yost said he doesn't have a preference either way, and it would not ultimately impact what the Royals do with Kennedy.

"It's hard, in our division, they are leading the division. This is a pretty big series," Yost said.

Kennedy sustained a right medial hamstring strain in his previous outing against the White Sox on May 4. Prior to the injury, he logged 4 1/3 innings, in which he gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits in the loss.

Kennedy has made six starts overall -- going 0-3 with a 3.03 ERA. He has struck out 31 batters and walked 15 in 35 2/3 innings.

Worth noting
With Alcides Escobar batting leadoff in the series opener, it marked the 212th straight game that the Royals shortstop has started, matching a franchise record set by Paul Schaal. Escobar's 212 consecutive starts dating to Sept. 26, 2015, is the longest active streak in the Majors.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.