Kennedy takes hill days after birth of child

Kennedy takes hill days after birth of child

ARLINGTON -- D-backs pitcher Ian Kennedy arrived in Dallas late Tuesday morning in plenty of time for his Tuesday night start against the Rangers.

Kennedy's wife, Allison, gave birth to the couple's second child Sunday.

Before he left for the ballpark Sunday morning, Allison told him that he should keep his phone handy.

Later he got a text from Allison that she thought she was definitely having contractions and was going to skip going to church. Kennedy went out to throw his normal between-start bullpen session, but brought along his cell phone in case Allison needed him.

Pitching coach Charles Nagy held onto the phone, and about midway through his session, Nagy read Kennedy a text.

"Today will probably be the day," Allison wrote. "Come home after your bullpen."

Kennedy left the ballpark around 11:30 a.m. and made it home to take Allison to the hospital.

Renee Elaine Kennedy was born at 4:03 p.m.

All and all it could not have been timed any better. Had Allison given birth a day or two later, Kennedy likely would have had to miss his Tuesday start.

"I was really hoping it would happen on the homestand," Kennedy said. "It happened on the last day where nothing had to change with the rotation. I had originally booked a flight for Monday, but then cancelled it. There was no way I was leaving them Monday."