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Kennedy to DL; Joba to fill in?

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 28, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ian Kennedy was sent back to New York for an MRI and will be placed on the disabled list tomorrow.

It’s a strained lat, the same injury he had last September. It the muscle behind your shoulder. Given how conservative the Yankees are with young pitchers, I suspect we won’t be seeing him for at least three weeks.

Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to throw 50-55 pitches in Wednesday’s game. If he doesn’t get to that many in the game, he’ll finish his work in the bullpen.

His next appearance would be for 65-70 pitches. The Yankees could simply plug him into Kennedy’s spot in the rotation and pitch him against Minnesota on Monday. Or use Andy Pettitte on Monday and pitch Joba against Toronto on Tuesday. Or just call somebody up.

Joe Girardi said after the game that he needed to talk it over with Brian Cashman.

It’s amazing that Kennedy and Phil Hughes are both on the DL 52 games into the season. They are a combined 0-7 with a 7.99 ERA. The Yankees are 3-12 in the games they have pitched this season, 22-15 in their other games.

As somebody who was (and still is) behind the idea of developing young pitchers, I can’t fault Brian Cashman now. But this is pretty much the worst-case scenario.




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