Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated has an interesting piece on line about innings limits and young pitchers.
He also identifies seven pitchers could could be headed for trouble because of abuse. No. 1 on his list is Ian Kennedy.
Verducci bases this on the Kennedy having thrown 165.1 innings last season after throwing 104.1 in 2006. But I think Tom forgot to factor in the 30.1 innings Kennedy threw in the Hawaii Winter League in 2006.
So Kennedy really threw 134.2 innings in 2006. That’s why the Yankees shut him down after 165.1 innings last season. That’s right in line with the “30-inning rule.”
I think Kennedy will be limited to around 195 innings this season.
UPDATE, 3 p.m.: Tom updated his story to include Kennedy’s HWL work. Technically, the Yankees pushed him beyond the 30-inning rule. But only by a few outs.