"I'm trying to be smart about it for my career," Kendrick said. "It might be different if we were in a different position as far as the team. I'd probably try to make these last two starts."
But this year, the Phillies are out of it, and Kendrick is eligible for salary arbitration -- Kendrick made $4.5 million this year and would be owed a raise next season. The Phillies could also non-tender him and try to re-sign him for less. Or Kendrick may have pitched his last game as a Philly.
"Every year, it's the same, it feels like," Kendrick said. "Every year, I've heard I might get traded, or non-tendered, or whatever, and it's the same this year. I know what the options are. Hopefully, I'll be here, but that's obviously up to them. "I've been -- knock on wood -- pretty durable for them, and I hope they notice that. The second half hasn't been as good as I'd wanted, but my numbers are my numbers."
Kendrick is 2-7 with a 6.91 ERA in his last 11 starts. He was 8-6 with a 3.86 ERA in the season's first half, and while Kendrick said he's been dealing with shoulder soreness for the last five weeks, he added that his injury was not the cause of his struggles.
"The worst I felt was against the Braves [on Sept. 7], and I thought I pitched pretty good," said Kendrick, who gave up three runs in six innings and struck out eight in the Phils' 6-5 win. "I was pretty achy. I haven't been 100 percent, but this time of year, who is? I don't think it's an issue; it's not something that is going to be an issue later in my career if I take care of it now."
Kevin Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.