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After big night, Kennedy sits with sore heel

After big night, Kennedy sits with sore heel

After big night, Kennedy sits with sore heel
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 hit .137.

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 hitters."

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