Kennedy departs after reinjuring groin muscle

Kennedy departs after reinjuring groin muscle

Kennedy departs after reinjuring groin muscle
SAN FRANCISCO -- One-half inning after homering off Tim Lincecum to give the Dodgers a lead Friday, third baseman Adam Kennedy pulled his right groin muscle on defense.

Kennedy, who was on the disabled list from July 25 to Aug. 10 with the same injury, said this time it is worse. He said he felt a pop taking a first step charging Hunter Pence's tricky-hop infield single that tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Kennedy didn't get a hand on the ball and said if he had been healthy he might have been able to make a play at a decent angle to throw to first, although the speedy Pence might have been safe anyway.

"I got it pretty good," Kennedy said of the injury, which has nagged him all season. "We'll see how it feels in the next few days."

Kennedy drew a rare start at third base because he came into the game with a .381 lifetime average off Lincecum. Luis Cruz, who started at third base the previous eight games, replaced Kennedy in the seventh inning.