SF@SD: Kennedy discusses team's starters and bullpen

LOS ANGELES -- The Padres announced their starting rotation for the first series of the second half of the season on Sunday.

San Diego manager Bud Black said that Ian Kennedy, who tossed eight shutout innings Saturday against the Dodgers, will pitch Friday against the Mets at Petco Park.

Kennedy will be followed by Tyson Ross on Saturday and Odrisamer Despaigne on Sunday. The team is off on Monday before opening a three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs on July 22.

Black said it's likely that Eric Stults will start the first game of that series before the team goes back to Kennedy for the middle game.

The Padres will not need a fifth start until July 26 against the Braves, which is when they'll likely swap in rookie Jesse Hahn, who was sent to Triple-A El Paso on Saturday, a roster move made essentially so the team can curtail his workload.

Hahn has thrown 79 innings this season between Double-A San Antonio and the big leagues. The Padres won't likely allow him to double the 69 innings he threw last season while in the Rays' system.

Short hops

• San Diego manager Bud Black said that first baseman Yonder Alonso (disabled list, right wrist tendinitis) was with Class A Lake Elsinore on Sunday to hit and work out. He'll be joined there by second baseman Jedd Gyorko (disabled list, plantar fasciitis, left foot) on Monday. Alonso and Gyorko are both working their way back from their respective injuries with an eye on Minor League rehabilitation stints in the not-so distant future.

• Reliever Nick Vincent (disabled list, right shoulder fatigue) is set to begin his Minor League rehabilitation stint Monday with Class A Lake Elsinore.