Colorado Rockies’ Pitcher Kyle Kendrick Pitching With Injured Shoulder
By Bobby DeMuro
May 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher K. Kendrick (38) after walking in a run with bases loaded during the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies’ beleaguered starter has apparently been pitching with some type of shoulder or rotator cuff injury for the past two months.
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There’s really not too much more you can say about this than what it is: Colorado Rockies’ starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick will have an MRI on his right shoulder on Monday when the club gets back to Denver after their road trip.
The beleaguered starter, who left the game Friday night after just one inning, has apparently been dealing with the injury for at least two months, which, if true is pretty shocking for a few reasons (but also indicative, perhaps, of some of his very poor performance on the mound this year).
Regardless, Thomas Harding was first with the tweets in the post game press conference after Friday’s loss:
Of course, after reading those things, you probably thought what I thought — and what the guys at the Purple Dino Podcast thought, here:
It’s not exactly a great endorsement of the Rockies’ front office or on-field coaching staffs if Kendrick kept running out there with a rotator cuff issue for two months.
It’d be one thing if he never told them, of course. And it’d be another thing altogether if, you know, he were pitching well and the Rockies were in some kind of a playoff hunt. But neither of those things appears to be the case, and the Rockies have a dud of a starter who has apparently come up lame, and has been for weeks.
At least now we know better why the Rockies didn’t trade Kendrick for a bag of peanuts at the trade deadline on Friday afternoon.
We’ll update you with more as we know it.