Kennedy to have innings limit in second half

Kennedy to have innings limit in second half

SAN DIEGO -- The innings piled up for Ian Kennedy in the first half of the season, and it is something the D-backs plan on watching closely in the second half.

Kennedy threw just 22 2/3 Minor League innings last year, one in the Majors and 29 2/3 in the Arizona Fall League. In 18 starts this year, the right-hander has already logged 111 1/3 innings.

"That's a consideration and it's going to remain that way," said D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson. "We're not going to get in a situation where we throw him 200 innings. No way."

Instead, the team is targeting around 180-185 innings for him. To accomplish that, Gibson will try to keep from pitching him deep in games during the second half.

"If he has a great game, it's possible we'll let him go, but we're not going to extend him very often," Gibson said.

The D-backs will also try to give Kennedy an extra day here and there when possible. They gave him a pair of longer-than-usual breathers before the first half ended -- something Kennedy jokingly referred to as "paid leave."

"He's young, he's developing and we're optimistic about his future here with the club, and we want to make sure we preserve that and develop him at the same time," Gibson said. "We have his best interests in mind."

Kennedy is set to make his first start of the second half Monday against the Mets at Chase Field.