WASHINGTON -- The Phillies have been caught twice in the last week without a long man because Kyle Kendrick has been in the rotation.
It might have cost them in an 11-inning loss to the Braves on Wednesday and an 11-inning loss to Washington on Friday, when Brian Sanches and Michael Schwimer starting to tire in their third inning of work. But with Cliff Lee scheduled to rejoin the rotation on Wednesday against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park, Kendrick will return to the bullpen.
Kendrick could provide Philadelphia with some innings should that situation arise again. Of course, the Phillies have used Kendrick in one-inning situations before Lee landed on the disabled list. Had the Phillies used Kendrick early in either of those games, they still would have needed to rely on a pitcher not accustomed to throwing many innings.
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said Kendrick could be available for an inning on Sunday, if needed.