Kyle Kendrick has been on a shoulder-stretching program since he was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday. The right-hander says his shoulder already feels better but he has no qualms with the organization’s decision to shut him down for the remainder of the season.

“We’re trying to be smart about it” he said Saturday.

Kendrick was examined by specialist David Altchek in New York on Thursday.

“He agreed with our doctors” Kendrick said. “There’s a little bit of rotator cuff tendinitis. There’s also some tightness in the shoulder capsule. That’s why he doesn’t want me to throw because I could end up hurting my elbow.”

The Phillies have a decision to make on Kendrick this offseason as he is eligible for salary arbitration for the final time. The 29-year-old pitcher will get a raise from the $4.5 million he made this season but how much of a raise could determine his future with the club. If the price goes up too much the Phils have to consider whether they want to keep Kendrick.

Earlier this season retaining Kendrick seemed like a slam dunk. He went 7-4 with a 3.46 ERA in his first 16 starts. In his last 14 starts however Kendrick is 3-9 with a 6.45 ERA.