Ian Kennedy has a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. It’s the same muscle A-Rod and Jorge Posada strained in spring training.
Posada said a few weeks ago that be believes compensating for his lat is what led to his rotator cuff tear. For Kennedy, it’s the second time in nine months he has suffered the same injury.
That all is a long way of saying we won’t be seeing IPK in pinstripes any time soon.
Phil Hughes is out until at least July. Kennedy could be the same. The plan to get Hughes to around 180 innings and Kennedy to 195 or so is out the window.
2008 isn’t over. But as the Yankees look at 2009, they really have some pitching issues. The three kids (Remember when people wanted to give them a nickname? What would it be now? “Generation MRI?”) will have limitations and Moose and Pettitte could be long gone.
People assume that the Yankees will throw bags of money at C.C. Sabathia. But if they didn’t do that with Johan Santana, why would that suddenly change?
This “develop the kids” stuff is hard work.
Mariano Rivera walked Jay Payton last night. It was the first walk he had allowed in 21.2 innings. Given that he walked him on four pitches, it looked almost intentional.
Ross Ohlendorf’s last three appearances: 6 11 11 9 3 5 and 5 home runs. Five home runs over six innings for a sinkerball pitcher is a very bad sign. I’m of the opinion that Ohlendorf has a useful arm. But when even Joe Girardi has trouble coming up with nice things to say about you, it might be time to go to Triple-A.
Take away the six wins against hapless Seattle and the Yankees are 19-27. The good news is that they play Seattle three more times in September.