Rather than acting like a used Trojan, the Diamondbacks need Ian Kennedy to start producing.
In a somewhat surprising move, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy dropped the appeal of his 10-game suspension and will return on June 29 to face the Braves in Atlanta.
The 28-year-old Kennedy (3-4, 5.21 ERA) was banned for throwing a heater at Zack Greinke’s noggin and inciting an ugly brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers last Tuesday.
With a couple of days to rest over the upcoming week, this is the ideal time for the former Trojan to accept his punishment.
Losers of three in a row, the Diamondbacks (37-32) still sit one game ahead of the Colorado Rockies in the National League West.
Considering the yearlong struggles of hurlers Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley and Brandon McCarthy, the Diamondbacks should be thankful it’s not already dark in the “Valley of the Sun.”
Patrick Corbin’s dominance has kept the snakes loaded with venom and compensated for 80 percent of Arizona’s staff banging the pooch.
Still, going 49-34 with a 3.92 ERA since debuting in September 2007, the 6-foot, 190 pound Kennedy must begin producing for Arizona.
Rather than sulking or acting cunty, Kennedy should use this hiatus to refocus and regain a presence on the hill.
The Diamondbacks need Ian Kennedy to have bite this summer or Arizona will soon be overtaken by the Rockies or San Francisco Giants.