More D'Backs: Hitting the Skids
Kennedy, 28, received his suspension for beaning Dodgers starter Zack Greinke in the left shoulder at Chavez Ravine last week, as well as for his part in the ensuing benches-clearing brawl. Both teams had already been warned by the home-plate umpire when Kennedy hit Greinke, so his immediate ejection and subsequent suspension were not a surprise.
The right-hander likely opened an appeal into the suspension so that he could make his start Sunday evening, delaying his time on the sidelines just enough to make it more manageable for the D'Backs. With two off days in the coming week, Arizona can probably get by with a four-man rotation for all of Kennedy's time out (i.e. two starts).
Randall Delgado will be called up from Triple-A to start on Tuesday, but his promotion is a result of Brandon McCarthy's lingering shoulder and neural issues, not Kennedy's suspension. Kennedy is eligible to return to the D'Backs' rotation on June 29, which would pit him against the Braves in Atlanta.
Kennedy is allowed to suit up with the team for batting practice during his suspension, but he must flee to the clubhouse when the game begins.