Ben's Sports Take: Kenshin Kawakami has become the Braves' red-headed stepchild

Image (DISCLAIMER: My sincerest apologies to redheads and stepchildren for the disparaging comparisons in the following article. Being one of the latter myself, I'm fully aware of the hardships that my fellow "multi-parented" individuals have long endured. The following remarks were not meant to offend anyone of fair skin tone or people who celebrate every holiday twice.)

When you type the phrase 'red-headed stepchild' into that Google doohickey, the first result that pops up is from the always insightful urbandictionary.com and it reads:

"A child who is obviously not your own, a child who is treated worse than other children in the family"


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If you replace the word 'child' with 'player' and change the word 'children' to 'players', it's pretty obvious that one player in particular comes to mind.

Former Atlanta starting pitcher Kenshin Kawakami fits the bill as the team's "ginger-bred" Brave due to his recent demotion to Triple-A Gwinnett—among other things.

With Kris Medlen being placed on the disabled list on Thursday afternoon, Braves fans were left to wonder whether or not "K.K." would earn his rotation spot back.

Well...not exactly.

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