"More than anything, it's his success against Volquez," manager Don Mattingly said of Kennedy, who is 5-for-13 against Padres starter Edinson Volquez. "James [Loney] is the other alternative and he really hasn't had any. He's 0-for-6.
"If I'm the pitcher, I remember the guys that got hits off me. He's got to think about it a little bit, the guy's had success behind" cleanup hitter Andre Ethier.
Kennedy remembered hitting third, fourth and fifth last year for Seattle.
"It showed how thin we were on offense," he said. "You don't become a different player with a lineup change. I wish you did."
Returning to the starting lineup against the right-handed Volquez were Dee Gordon, Mark Ellis, Bobby Abreu and A.J. Ellis, all of whom did not start Wednesday.