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Ian Kennedy leaves start with a right hamstring strain

Updates will come as they become available.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

With one out in the fifth inning, Ian Kennedy came up lame after his first pitch to the second batter in the frame, Avisaíl García.

Kennedy unleashed a strike, but upon coming down after release, he grimaced and gestured uncomfortably to what looked to be his knee. Nick Kenney and the Royals’ coaching staff trudged out to the mound, and without protest, Ian Kennedy exited the game.

[Update 2:55 CDT]

Word coming from the clubhouse per the television broadcast was that Kennedy suffered a right medial hamstring strain, so there should be a measure of relief that there wasn’t any ligament damage. The Royals will look to reevaluate Kennedy tomorrow, so there is not a timetable for his return as of yet.

Here’s Jeffrey Flanagan with confirmation:

[Update 5:00 CDT]

Kennedy has a Grade 1 strain. Lorenzo Cain had a Grade 1 hamstring strain last year that kept him out for a month.