Kendrick won't be bumped from rotation

Kendrick won't be bumped from rotation

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies said right-hander Kyle Kendrick will start Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park, despite a 7.61 ERA after five starts.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee said they prefer to keep right-hander Nelson Figueroa, who is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA, in the bullpen because of his flexibility and because he is used to it. They said they had not heard any talk about possibly calling up a pitcher from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, either.

"You've got somebody down in Lehigh who's pitching better right now?" Dubee said. "Right now, we think Kyle will get straightened out. And I don't know we have a whole lot of other candidates. We need Kyle to step up. We need him to be more efficient. We need him to pitch down in the strike zone. We need his tempo to pick up so we have energy playing behind him. And he's aware of those things. Now he has to put them in play."