Kendrick Gets The Call For Mid-Week Start

After sifting through their options on who would take Freddy Garcia's place in the rotation, the Phillies decided on Kyle Kendrick. The young righty will make his major league debut Wednesday against the White Sox. Meanwhile, the news doesn't sound good for Garcia.

At about the same time, Freddy Garcia was being examined by Dr. Michael Ciccotti, the Phillies were finalizing their decision on who would take his spot in the rotation for at least one start.

While the news wasn't good for Garcia, Kyle Kendrick received the ultimate in good news; he's going to the majors.

Garcia was diagnosed with some pathology (abnormality) in his labrum and some fraying of the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. It was immediately decided that Garcia would get a second opinion, but if that opinion comes back the same as the original diagnosis, Garcia could be headed for surgery that might end his season.

Meanwhile, Kendrick was enjoying a day off before the Reading Phillies started a road trip in Binghamton on Tuesday when he got the news. It is Kendrick's first trip to the majors and he'll be reunited with former teammate Mike Zagurski, who has lended a strong helping hand in the Phillies bullpen.

The 22 year old right-hander was the Phillies 7th round pick in 2003 and has pitched well in his minor league career. In 12 starts for the R-Phils this season, Kendrick is just 4-7, but has posted a 3.21 ERA and has pitched one complete game. Last season he was a combined 12-9 with a 3.17 ERA in stops at Lakewood and Clearwater.

There is no immediate indication whether Kendrick will stick with the Phillies for more than one start, although it appears that Garcia won't be back in the rotation anytime soon. The Phillies may change their trade focus to finding a starting pitcher rather than looking for more help for the bullpen between now and the July 31 trading deadline.

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