ARLINGTON -- Mariners infielder Adam Kennedy had one of his strongest
nights at the plate in recent weeks on Tuesday, then wound up being held from Wednesday's starting lineup after aggravating an injury to his left heel on a two-run
triple the night before.
Kennedy said that he was available to play on Wednesday if necessary but that his plantar fasciitis was a little worse after Tuesday, when he went
2-for-4 with three RBIs in a 7-6 loss to the Rangers.
Because of the injury, manager Eric
Wedge decided to give Kennedy some time off.
"With the left-hander [Derek Holland] out there and with the off-day
tomorrow, I want to make sure not to make this a bigger problem than
it is," Wedge said.
Before Tuesday, Kennedy struggled through a 14-game stretch in which he
Sitting out Wednesday meant that Kennedy missed a few at-bats in one of his
favorite places to hit. He's a career .324 hitter with 39
RBIs in 58 games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. He has more homers
(seven) there than in any park other than Angel Stadium (34).
"I can't imagine there's a player in baseball that doesn't like
hitting here," Kennedy said. "It's warm, the ball carries really well,
the dirt's hard. There's a number of things that favor the