Kennedy has to prove himself all over again in the eyes of Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland. His performance in the majors this season (a 7.41 ERA in nine games) didn’t come with an automatic return trip when he got hurt.
Kennedy pitched for Tampa on Saturday and may stay there for another start before going back to Triple-A Scranton.
Joe Girardi eschewed his usual positive patter when discussing Kennedy.
“Right now we’re not really thinking of him,” he said. “We like the way our other (starters) are throwing the ball. I mean, you have to earn your call-up. … You have to earn your spot back. You have to pitch well to earn your spot back. He has to pitch well. He was optioned out, this is him getting right. This is like the other 175 players in the minor leagues, or however many there are.”
Just like the other players in the minor leagues? Yikes. There’s a message being sent there.
Some bad news at AAA: Alan Horne left today’s game in the first inning. He was shaking his arm and threw only 12 of 32 pitches for strikes before the manager and trainer came and got him, Chad Jennings reported.
Those are very, very bad signs. Horne told Chad he wasn’t hurt, but clearly something is going on.
Meanwhile, our man Alfredo Aceves is on the seven-day DL with a groin strain. His AAA debut has been delayed.