The Associated Press has a correspondent in Tampa, Mark Didtler, who hangs around the minor-league complex and Steinbrenner Field and picks up little bits of news. When I retire, that’s the job I want.
Mark is good at what he does and he brings us this information today:
• Ian Kennedy will not pitch in the minors this season but plans to pitch in Instructional League and then the Arizona Fall League. The Yankees could, in theory, also send him to Winter Ball after that. He could get a fair amount of innings that way.
IPK is throwing only fastballs and change-ups off the mound at this point. As you know, he had surgery in May to remove an aneurysm.
Mike Ashmore checked in and said that, according to Nardi Contreras, Ian won’t throw BP until Aug. 31.
• Slade Heathcott, J.R. Murphy, and Gary Sanchez took batting practice at the minor league complex today. Heathcott and Murphy will get into a few GCL games. Not sure if Sanchez is eligible for that or not.