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Top Buddy Kennedy News

  • Cardinals' Buddy Kennedy: Claimed off waivers by St. Louis

    Kennedy was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals on Wednesday.

    Kennedy, 25, played in 40 games at the major-league level for the Diamondbacks from 2022-23, slashing .206/.293/.299 with one home run. He was most recently in the Athletics organization after they claimed him off waivers, but he didn't appear in the big leagues with them. Kennedy posted an .887 OPS with five homers in 101 contests at the Triple-A level this season and is likely headed back to the minors to start 2024.

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  • Athletics' Buddy Kennedy: Claimed by Oakland

    Kennedy was claimed off waivers by the Athletics on Saturday and optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Kennedy gets to remain on a 40-man roster after being designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, but it's not clear when he'll get his next crack at the big leagues. In 40 major-league games across the last two seasons, the infielder owns a .206/.293/.299 slash line with one homer and zero steals.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Pushed off 40-man roster

    Kennedy was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

    This move clears out a 40-man roster for catcher Seby Zavala, who has been claimed off waivers from the White Sox. Kennedy, 24, was slashing just .167/.310/.208 through 29 major-league plate appearances this season for Arizona.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Optioned to Triple-A

    Arizona optioned Kennedy to Triple-A Reno on Friday.

    Kennedy went 4-for-24 in 10 games after being selected from Reno in mid-August, and he'll now return to the minors in favor of Emmanuel Rivera. There remains a chance Kennedy can return to Arizona if he heats up again in the minors, but odds are he finishes the season in Triple-A.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Selected from Reno

    The Diamondbacks selected Kennedy's contract from Triple-A Reno on Saturday.

    Kennedy has enjoyed a breakout season in Triple-A this year, slashing .318/.447/.480 with 46 RBI through 407 plate appearances with Reno. He played 30 games with the D-backs last season with limited success and figures to act as an infield depth piece while in the majors. To make room for Kennedy on the active roster, Emmanuel Rivera was optioned to Triple-A and Kristian Robinson was designated for assignment.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Sent outright to minors

    Kennedy was sent outright to Triple-A Reno on Friday.

    Kennedy made his MLB debut with Arizona in 2022 and slashed .217/.325/.325 over 94 plate appearances. Now, as the D-backs unload their 40-man roster, the 24-year-old infielder will develop further in Triple-A, where his line jumped up to .261/.363/.385.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Back in majors

    Kennedy was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Friday.

    Kennedy, who turns 24 on the final day of the regular season, slashed .261/.363/.385 with seven home runs in 93 games at Triple-A this season and has a .626 OPS through 80 at-bats in the majors. This is the corresponding move to Ketel Marte going on the injured list, so Kennedy could see time at second base over the final days of the season.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Removed from roster

    Kennedy was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.

    Kennedy played fairly frequently over the last few weeks, but he owns just a .225 batting average and .627 OPS at the big-league level, so he was removed from the roster to open up a spot for fellow infielder Emmanuel Rivera. Kennedy will not actually report to Reno, as he will remain with the Diamondbacks as part of the team's taxi squad.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Joins Saturday's lineup

    Kennedy was added to the lineup for Saturday's game against Atlanta.

    Kennedy is serving as the designated hitter and batting seventh Saturday after David Peralta was traded to the Rays. Kennedy has gone 2-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts over two games since the All-Star break.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Delivers run with triple

    Kennedy went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Padres.

    Kennedy delivered the Diamondbacks' first run with a triple in the fourth inning, his first RBI in nine games. He's been getting steady playing time at second base while Ketel Marte deals with a lingering hamstring injury that's limited him to designated-hitter duty, but that run could end soon. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo indicated earlier this week that the team has a plan in place for Marte to get back to playing the field, a process that should begin in earnest following the All-Star break. Kennedy is batting .250 (13-for-52) with two doubles, one triple, eight RBI and six runs scored over the last 19 games as the Diamondbacks' primary second baseman.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Losing work to Alcantara

    Kennedy is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants.

    Kennedy is on the bench for third time in five games and may have moved into a timeshare with Sergio Alcantara, who gets another start at the keystone. Both players may soon see their opportunities at second base dwindle, as manager Torey Lovullo recently said that he expects to break Ketel Marte back in at the position at least once before the All-Star break. Marte has been serving exclusively as a designated hitter since returning to the lineup June 21 after he missed a few games due to a Grade 1 hamstring strain.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Heads to bench Sunday

    Kennedy is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.

    After going 2-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's 9-2 win over the Rockies, Kennedy will take a seat for the series finale. Though he's on the bench for the second time in three games, Kennedy still looks like the Diamondbacks' preferred option at the keystone over Sergio Alcantara, who draws the start at the position Sunday.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Riding pine Friday

    Kennedy isn't in the lineup Friday against the Rockies.

    Kennedy recorded hits in four of the last five games and went 6-for-18 with a double, three RBI and three runs during that time. Sergio Alcantara will take over at the keystone and bat eighth Friday.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Drives in two in win

    Kennedy went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Monday's 8-3 win over San Francisco.

    Kennedy's first-inning single plated two runners and tied the game after the Giants grabbed a lead in the top of the frame. While the Diamondbacks play it safe with Ketel Marte -- he's served as the designated hitter since sustaining a hamstring injury two weeks ago -- Kennedy has become the primary second baseman, making eight consecutive starts. Since joining Arizona mid-June, Kennedy has driven in 10 runs over 14 games.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Continues at 2B

    Kennedy made a fifth consecutive start at second base Friday and went 0-for-4 in a 9-3 win over the Rockies.

    Kennedy is the beneficiary of the Diamondbacks keeping Ketel Marte at designated hitter as the club's usual starter at second base works his way back from a hamstring strain. With Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reporting that Marte will remain DH through the current series against Colorado, Kennedy is in line for at least two more starts at second base. He's batting .152 over 11 games since having his contract selected.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Involved in comeback win

    Kennedy went 1-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a hit-by-pitch in Tuesday's 7-6 win over San Diego.

    Kennedy drove in two runs during Arizona's four-run seventh inning and knocked in another when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth. He was an integral component to the Diamondbacks erasing a six-run deficit with seven runs over the final three innings. Kennedy continues to get starts at second base while Ketel Marte works his way back from a hamstring injury that's limited him to designated-hitter duty.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Scores run in return

    Kennedy (wrist) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Tigers.

    Kennedy missed two games with left wrist discomfort, but he was able to play a full game at second base Saturday. He has a home run, four RBI, four runs scored and a triple through 22 plate appearances in his first seven big-league games. Kennedy should continue to compete with Jake Hager for playing time at second base until Ketel Marte, who is serving as the designated hitter while recovering from a hamstring injury, is ready to return to the field.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Back in action Saturday

    Kennedy (wrist) is starting Saturday against the Tigers.

    Kennedy was out of the lineup in the last two games due to left wrist discomfort, but he appeared as a pinch hitter Friday and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout. He's starting at second base and batting sixth Saturday.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Remains out of lineup

    Kennedy (wrist) isn't in the lineup Friday against the Tigers.

    Kennedy has been dealing with left wrist discomfort since Tuesday and will be out of the lineup for a second consecutive game. Jake Hager is starting at second base while Ketel Marte serves as the designated hitter.

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  • Diamondbacks' Buddy Kennedy: Not starting Wednesday

    Kennedy (wrist) isn't starting Wednesday against the Padres, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Kennedy was removed from Tuesday's game against San Diego due to left wrist discomfort and isn't in the lineup a day later. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available off the bench.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Millville, NJ
Age: 25
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R