PEORIA, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks Opening Day starter Ian Kennedy left Saturday's Cactus League game against the Padres earlier than expected after being hit in the left leg by a line drive, but he said afterward that he does not anticipate missing his next start.
"It feels like if you foul a ball off your ankle," Kennedy said. "We'll just treat it for next time. I don't think it will hinder my (next) start."
Kennedy had just given up three runs on a walk and back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning when Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko smashed a pitch back up the middle. The ball hit just below Kennedy's left knee and ricocheted to first base for an out.
Kennedy limped off the mound and consulted with the D-backs medical staff before leaving quickly and being replaced by Tyler Skaggs. Kennedy left for the clubhouse after the inning and iced the swelling bruise.
"That was hit pretty hard," Kennedy said. "I'm glad it wasn't a little further down on my shin; that would've hurt a ...