MLB Notebook: Kennedy gives in, starts suspension

2013-06-18T00:00:00Z MLB Notebook: Kennedy gives in, starts suspensionArizona Republic/wire Reports Arizona Republic/wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

PHOENIX - Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy dropped his appeal and began serving his 10-game suspension.

Kennedy seemed commited to his appeal, researching past punishments for pitchers in similar situations, but the team announced his decision before the start of Monday's game against Miami.

He got the most severe of the six suspensions stemming from the brawl between the D-backs and Dodgers in Los Angeles last week. He was suspended after hitting Yasiem Puig and Zack Greinke with high inside pitches, the latter one triggering the bench-clearing melee.

Kennedy started Sunday's game in San Diego, leaving with no decision in a 4-1 loss. The righty, a 21-game winner two seasons ago, is 3-4 with a 5.21 ERA.

It's possible the D-backs may absorb the loss with only four starters in their rotation. They have an off-day Thursday and then another June 24. He's eligible to return June 29 in Atlanta.

Wheeler's big day

ATLANTA - New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, 23, will make his major-league debut today against the first-place Braves.

"I know it's going to be a big moment in my life," he said. "There's probably going to be some nerves."

The righty, one of baseball's top prospects, will be making his first start not far from where he grew up in the northwest Atlanta suburbs, meaning plenty of family and friends will be in the stands at Turner Field.

Inside pitch

• Detroit put righty Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) and catcher Alex Avila (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list Monday. "I would think they would both be ready in two weeks," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

• Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira may be put on the disabled list because of his ailing right wrist, New York general manager Brian Cashman said. Teixeira, who missed the first 53 games of the season, is hitting just .151 with three homers and 12 RBIs.

• Slumping Indians first baseman Nick Swisher received a cortisone shot in his sore left shoulder Monday and will miss Cleveland's next three games.

• San Francisco righty Ryan Vogelsong will have his surgically repaired pitching hand examined today with the hope of taking another step in his recovery.

• Rangers DH Lance Berkman said he wasn't upset about being benched for a second straight game Monday. He hit only .192 (15 for 78) his past 21 games.

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