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D-backs relaxing Kennedy's innings limit

D-backs relaxing Kennedy's innings limit

PHOENIX -- The D-backs had intended to limit Ian Kennedy's innings to around 180 or so this season. However, with the way Kennedy is throwing the ball right now, those plans have changed.

"Right now he's probably feeling as good as he has all year," D-backs interim manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's been efficient, his mechanics are really good and as long as he continues to be this way, we won't shut him down. If he starts feeling a little differently, tired, his mechanics aren't there, there's too much that can go wrong. If he starts to labor a little bit, we won't push that. We're all on the same page with that."

Kennedy has a 2.12 ERA over his last five starts and has worked with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. to throw less in between starts in an attempt to keep him fresh.

Due to surgery to deal with an aneurism under his right arm last year, Kennedy threw just 22 2/3 Minor League innings in 2009, one in the Majors and 29 2/3 in the Arizona Fall League. His career high for innings in a season came in 2007 when he threw a combined 146 1/3 for three Minor League teams.

"I'm going to be honest with Stott," Kennedy said. "If something doesn't feel right or I don't have the same life on my pitches or if I feel sore or tired, I will say something. Right now, though, everything is feeling really good and I just want to keep it going."

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