PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy has dropped the appeal of his 10-game suspension from last Tuesday's brawl in Los Angeles and began serving it Monday, the team announced.
Kennedy is eligible to return June 29, and his absence means that Tuesday starter Randall Delgado could make three starts in the interim, with the rest of the rotation remaining intact and on regular rest because of off days Thursday and Monday.
Kennedy seemed to have plenty of evidence to support shortening the suspension, but his decision keeps the D-backs out a possibly more troublesome spot later in the season. The D-backs play 19 straight games from June 25 to the All-Star break, and if his suspension were upheld, they would be in a greater bind with no off days.
This way, Kennedy misses one start and is in essence has a second start pushed back a day to June 29.
Infielder Eric Hinske said Monday he has filed an appeal on his five-game suspension.
Kennedy and Hinske received the most sev...