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Kennedy makes first rehab start

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 23, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Ian Kennedy (strained lat) pitched for the Gulf Coast League Yankees today. He allowed one run on three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts over three innings. No word on exactly how many pitches he threw, but he wasn’t supposed to go over 50.

Chase Wright, who is on the Trenton DL, also pitched three innings.

Kennedy is likely to make at least two or three starts before the Yankees even consider bringing him back. Depending on the state of the rotation, it wouldn’t shock me if they optioned him to Scranton for a few weeks.





70 Responses to “Kennedy makes first rehab start”

  1. CGAR June 23rd, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    7 k’s in 3 innings.. wow

  2. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 June 23rd, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Seven Ks in three innings? I’m guessing the GCL is a bit, well, below his skill level.

    That said, time in Scranton can only do him good.

  3. Andrew (Scott Proctor's Arm) June 23rd, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Yeah, I’d say that he needs more seasoning in AAA. However, this is obviously a step in the right direction.

  4. Nick in SF June 23rd, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Did he have a feeling he was just going to make them look stupid?

  5. munchabuncha June 23rd, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    I think a stint in Scranton could do IPK the world of good. When he pitched last year he was full of confidence and had good control. He wasn’t over doing it with painting the corners. He might get that edge back away from the spot light, and be effective when he gets the call up. One can always hope, anyway.

  6. Jaewon June 23rd, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I am still a huge IPK believer. I think that he has had the big league ability all along, he’s just had some problems with his mentality and toughness when he gets into jams. Pitching is all about getting yourself out of trouble and IPK will learn to do that in due time. Soon enough Kennedy will be back on the big stage in the bronx….

  7. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Looks good for the first time on the mound for both Kennedy and Wright (3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts).

  8. mel June 23rd, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    x-rays (-) for Felix. Expected to make next start. Are we done playing them?

  9. mel June 23rd, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Imus trying to say that he meant Pac-man was being profiled.

  10. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Kennedy did well getting himself out of jams last September, and like Hughes, it makes you wonder if everything was alright, healthwise. Then, too, he had just gotten married last October, so, maybe he hadn’t recovered his full strength over the previous 7 months…being a newlywed and all. Drains the strength from your legs.

  11. mel June 23rd, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Ah, the old Raging Bull argument.

  12. GreenBeret7 June 23rd, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Hey…it’s a scientific fact, Mel.

  13. munchabuncha June 23rd, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    I heard the Imus clip. I don’t think he meant anything racist about it, but he does say a lot of things before putting his mind in gear. In this case I could buy his explaination.

    GB…. hmph, 7 months isn’t a long time for newly weds, you might have something there. :lol:

  14. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Munch, it has to be. Drains the leg strength….doesn’t exercise his arms…..ah…forget it. Not going there.

    Don’t know what Hughes’ excuse could be, though.

  15. Patrick Bateman June 24th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    I’d love to see Kennedy build up some value in the minors and get traded at the deadline for a real starter.

  16. munchabuncha June 24th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Hmmm… sudden decrease in eyesight… isn’t that the warning that cialis or other performance enhancing drug gives… oh, wait, that was Hughes who lost visual acuity. :lol:

    Of course, he is single and in NYC… that might explain the injury as well.

  17. mel June 24th, 2008 at 12:04 am


    I’ve heard that the activity has the opposite effect on female athletes. Let’s just say that the Mrs. Kennedy’s Lady Trojans didn’t fare so well. Their stories don’t match up.

  18. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Heep praying for that, Pat. Praying gives you less time to complain about nearly everything.

  19. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    ***Keep Praying*** Must have had Uriah Heep on my mind.

  20. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 14) June 24th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    GB where you got the putouts assists and errors stats for Miranda.. ?

  21. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    I sure hope that Ian’s not playing around after only 7 months, Mel.

  22. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Brandon, there are a few spots to find it, but, the basic numbers for minor leaguers are on Click on minor league, then ML affiliate and it then lists all of the teams.. It gives the players like the rest of the board and click the name to bring up career stats.

  23. munchabuncha June 24th, 2008 at 12:11 am

    I’ve also heard there was a study that that particular activity for a male can help focus him. Hmmm, Lady Trojans not doing well, Kennedy lack of focus… :shock:

    Seems the honeymoon didn’t last long. :lol:

  24. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 14) June 24th, 2008 at 12:12 am

    ahhh Thanks.

  25. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Brandon, www, is another good site. It also gives the independent league numbers of players like Scott Patterson.

  26. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    It’s just difficult to being talking about this subject while mentioning Lady Trojans and not laughing.

  27. Paul Allen June 24th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    haha, Patrick Bateman. Is that your real name?

  28. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 12:19 am

    No problem, Brandon.

  29. MoBoy June 24th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Hopefully Kennedy can pitch more and bring up he’s trade vaule.

  30. mel June 24th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Funny comment from the espn article regarding Inoa:

    mysterious3rdguy (4 hours ago) I think the bigger problem is that Oakland is once again outbidding the Yankees…. something needs to be done to stop the mighty Athletic machine and Billy “Moneybags” Beane from hoarding all the top free agents, or the poor small-market teams like the Yanks won’t be able to compete.

  31. munchabuncha June 24th, 2008 at 12:52 am

    How would the A’s be able to outbid the Yankees? Is Cashman working hard to keep all the Yankee Cash at home?

  32. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    It must be true if ESPN let that get past the censors, Mel. Everyone knows that everything is stacked against the Yanks. Thank God, NYY gets that welfare check from the teams like Oakland every year.

  33. mel June 24th, 2008 at 12:57 am


    I know. Can’t wait until we’re getting checks from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays oops make that Rays of Los Angeles err Anaheim.

  34. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 1:01 am

    You got it, Mel. Hard to believe that Detroit and Cleveland are considered small market, isn’t it? Two of the richest owners in baseball, along with multi-billionaires like Puhlad of the Twins or Nintendo in Seattle.

  35. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 14) June 24th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Damn… who would have thought that 2nd house next door would be so expensive, I mean now we can’t afford more than 4 million, sad times in the Bronx :( I guess it’s plan B time yup it’s time to ask the Wilpons for a loan.

  36. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Unless Hal Steinbrenner has put a screeching halt to spending, there is no way, especially after the Matsuzaka. Igawa fiascos that NYY won’t be bidding on this kid.

  37. Patrick Bateman June 24th, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Hey GI Joe, I’ll take Sabathia you can take Kennedy.

    Let me know when he throws a strike and gets out of the 3rd inning.

  38. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Is that the best putdown you can think up, Pat?  You need to work on that while praying.

  39. Jorge Tabata June 24th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Just the fact that Billy Beane, one of the most respected execs in the game and a guy who NEVER spends money, is willing to give out a record bonus to this kid…. it speaks volume about how good he is.

    Why would Beane go against everything his philosophy stands for if this kid isin’t for real? I understand there are hundreds of hyped Latin American prospects who don’t make it, but the fact that Beane is after him should signal the kind of player he can be— if the usual suspects like Seattle, Atlanta, Texas etc. were after him, you might think it is a case of overhype, but Beane bidding on him changes the equation.

    If money is such a problem, why did we give Hawkins 4 million? We could have alloted that money towards Inoa. why should we ever pass up a chance at the next King Felix?

  40. Dr. J June 24th, 2008 at 1:41 am

    they need to promote melancon, they are wasting all his good innings in AA. he has already pitched 53 and has been dominant. whats his cap?

  41. Patrick Bateman June 24th, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Yeah the praying insult is a real good one, coming from a guy who talked about Kennedy’s loss of eye sight as a result of “being a newlywed” for 3 posts.

    You’re probably blind as a bat, something your right hand probably is responsible for.

  42. mel June 24th, 2008 at 1:55 am


    From what little I know of Green Beret, he’s lucky to be alive. I’m sure he knows something about the power of prayer.

    Can we move on?

  43. Patrick Bateman June 24th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    If he knows something about prayer, he should drop to his knees and do a few Our Fathers instead of trying to be a comedian.

  44. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 June 24th, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Patrick, GB is one of the most respected posters on LoHud. I’d strongly recommend shutting it.

  45. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Pat, I know it’s difficult for you to understand, but, the Kenndy posts were jokes to break up the evening. Give it a rest, and, I’ll do the same.

  46. Patrick Bateman June 24th, 2008 at 2:03 am

    Hate to break it to you, but your most respected poster just spent 3 posts talking about pleasuring one’s self then decided to try and insult me.

    Sounds like a new set of standards needs to be put in place if thats the most respected poster.

  47. Patrick Bateman June 24th, 2008 at 2:08 am

    Here’s something thats difficult to understand.

    You’re still trying to be a comedian and you’re still insulting me with your thinly veiled jabs.

    Take your own advice, and take a rest. Because you’re completely out of line.

  48. zach in port jeff June 24th, 2008 at 2:27 am


  49. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 2:33 am

    zach, that looks like a thinly veiled jab to insult “The American Psycho” to me. Careful. He may try tracking you dowm.

  50. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 2:36 am

    ***or, down. Whichever is more approriate.***

  51. Patrick Bateman June 24th, 2008 at 2:38 am

    According to Mel you’re lucky to be alive. Lucky for you.

    Unlucky for everyone else.

  52. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 2:41 am

    There is nothing more disgusting than watching “Best Damn Hooters International Swimsuit Pagent”. It was so disgusting I had to watch it 3 times to make sure I saw all of the objectionable parts so I could make my complaints know.

  53. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 2:42 am


  54. anti-mussina jr June 24th, 2008 at 2:49 am

    please trade melky and bring up gardner. i am sick and tired of the “melk man”

  55. farnsworthy June 24th, 2008 at 2:50 am

    why dont you all fist each other? okay!?

  56. GreenBeret7 June 24th, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Don’t cry so much, Farns. Boston may win at least two more games this year.

  57. farnsworthy June 24th, 2008 at 2:57 am

    i am not crying. what makes you think i am crying?

  58. yankee fan June 24th, 2008 at 5:24 am

    Damn Ponson on Friday

  59. Jeter No.2 June 24th, 2008 at 5:26 am

    I would love to see Gardner for a change.

  60. Chaz June 24th, 2008 at 6:00 am

    see what happens when we there are off days?
    we all start turning on each other
    we need baseball!

  61. Keith FL June 24th, 2008 at 6:47 am

    I’ve been following Chad Jennings comments and info on Brett Gardner….it seems like he is ready to come up and is really fast and could give us a real base stealing threat….does anyone have a good scouting report on him…he is batting .295 with 29 SB’s….can he be like Ellsbury for us….what is his ceiling….it just seems with our position player prospects (Cano and Melky) the last few years that scouts and executives don’t see them as being real good and then they come up and our better than expected…what else does Gardner have to do…I think its time to maybe platoon him with Melky and see what we have….also it just seems that all baseball executives ask for more if they are making a trade with the Yankees b/c if the trade works out to be bad for their team the attention they will get over it may get them fired…I mean we can’t even make a trade for a lefty reliever…..things have changed…..

  62. randy l June 24th, 2008 at 7:04 am

    from espn:

    -The Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds have joined the Oakland Athletics in a bidding feud for the services of Dominican pitching prospect Michael Inoa, the crown jewel of the pool of Latin American players

    -Inoa, 16, at 6 feet 7 and 210 pounds, is a right-hander with a repertoire consisting of a 93-mph fastball, a changeup and a curveball.”

    - at least seven teams were ready to give Inoa a bonus of more than $3 million, but many of them, including the New York Yankees, pulled out of the race as the price for the young ace went up.


    so the yankees have just had two cincinnati pitchers from latin america shut them down in the past week, and now the reds, a small market team, is among the favorites of getting the top latin american pitcher?

    i said a few days ago that rookie cincinnati starters look different than rookie yankees starters and wondered if the yankees were doing enough in latin america to sign starters.

    their pulling out of the bidding makes no sense on the surface because they have vastly more resources than cincinnati.

    there must be more to this story. if not ,there’s something wrong with how the yankees are signing pitchers in latin america. how can oakland, cincinnati, and the rangers outbid the yankees?

  63. munchabuncha June 24th, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Randy, it is on ESPN, which means its on the second “nation” network. Take it with a grain of salt.

    Anything that comes out now means nothing. If the Yankees pull out of bidding for him, then they saw something they didn’t like, and it has nothing to do with the pricetag. This isn’t something that comes with the heavy tax that funds the Rays and all other smaller market teams.

  64. Don Vito A. Bellamo June 24th, 2008 at 8:10 am

    So who’s spot would IPK take ? The only person I would consider bumping right now would be Rasner, but he is up here and doing well and that is MUCH more than can be said about IPK this year. Giese has been awesome and unless he complete implodes, you have to ride that “wave” out, right ?

  65. Jorge Steinbrenner (the long lost third brother) June 24th, 2008 at 8:29 am

    He skyrocketed through the system last year because of need, and briefly overachieved at the major league level. when we left him out there this year to start, he looked scared and tentative.

    of course i’m a huge Ian Kennedy believer. this “he’s no better than a #4″ is another wonderful piece of wisdom passed around here by people who read one line off some scouting report on some website and now think they’re Damon F’n Oppenheimer because of it. he needs to better fine tune his stuff in order to be successful in the majors, and now honestly DOES not time in AAA to do it. he’s still got plenty of time to prove the Yanks either right or wrong. i’m rooting for him.

  66. Jorge Steinbrenner (the long lost third brother) June 24th, 2008 at 8:30 am

    i meant “honestly DOES need time in AAA”


  67. pat June 24th, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Put down your coffee before reading this……

    NY Post reporting that Pavano might be ready to pitch for the Yanks before Phil Hughes. The question is whether he would be welcome in the clubhouse.

    Would you give him a shot in August/September instead of signing an “Arroyo-type” at the trade deadline or just cut losses and move on?

  68. Brandon (Jose Tabata stays) (Johan Santana HR count: 14) June 24th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Would you give him a shot in August/September instead of signing an “Arroyo-type” at the trade deadline or just cut losses and move on?

    Give bubble boy a shot. Because he is freeand better than Arroyo if …well you know. :?

  69. Frankie speaking June 24th, 2008 at 9:55 am

    During all the Santana hoopla last winter, many said he was the best pitcher in all of baseball.
    Then there were those skeptics that wondered why he was mostly shut down last September and told to lessen his use of his slider.
    I suggest that this weighed enough on Cashman’s mind with the Steinbrenners eventually joining him.
    It becomes more evident as time goes by that stopping the Santana talks was the right thing to do courtesy of the help of Twins GM Bill Smith and his greed. Would his one win differential in his won/loss record have been a difference maker for the Yankees ?
    Would the run support the Yankees offered for April-May make his record any better especially with all the HR’s he gives up ?
    Santana’s career basically peaked two years ago and although he’s still a very good pitcher, he is not the best in the games and at this stage, approaching his declining years.
    $28 million per with a long term contract ? Nope ….. not this guy.

  70. Jorge Steinbrenner, the long-lost third brother June 24th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I read the Pavano thing today. As for giving him a shot versus “an Arroyo-type,” my answer is “what’s option C?”

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