Ian Kennedy hasn't taken the mound in nearly two weeks after serving a suspension. Facing the Braves in his first start back could prove helpful considering his history in the series.
His counterpart, Tim Hudson, is focused on ending the longest winless streak of his career.
Kennedy gets the nod for the Diamondbacks on Saturday in Atlanta as Hudson seeks his first win in nearly eight weeks.
Kennedy (3-4, 5.21 ERA) was dealt a 10-game suspension after hitting Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke on June 11 at Dodger Stadium. The ball off Greinke's helmet lead to a bench-clearing scuffle and ultimately five other individual suspensions, though Kennedy's was the most severe.
He dropped his appeal after giving up one run and four hits over six-plus innings in a 4-1 loss to the Padres on June 16, though he did not get a decision. The right-hander disagreed with the severity of the punishment but felt dropping the appeal would lessen the distraction.
"I kept on getting questions every single...