Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Horne Ready For Next Step

From the SWB Yanks Blog comes news on Alan Horne and his progression coming back from an arm injury. Apparently Horne is done pitching in Extended Spring Training games and will throw in the higher affiliates this weekend.

[Horne] made another extended spring training start today, pitching 3.2 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks... Horne said he once again felt great.

He also said he doesn't expect to make another extended start, but he's not sure where his next assignment will be. All he's been told is that he will pitch somewhere on Sunday. Could be Tampa, Trenton or Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

There are a whole lot of people inside the organization pulling for Horne's return. There's also a bunch outside the organization in the form of reporters, fans, family, etc. I'm one of them.


Ted said...

Do you think he might pitch for NYY this year?
And if so, in what capacity?

Bronx Liaison said...

absolutely. if he hadn't gotten hurt, Horne would have been the second starting pitcher called up after D-Ras.

The second question is a bit more difficult. Horne has the versatility [four big league pitches] start and has done so his entire career.

On the flip side, should the Yanks not require another starter Horne has the stuff - power fastball & power curve - to contribute in the late innings.

With Cox, Melancon, Robertson and others already expected to handle some late inning duties there may not be enough room for Horne in that role. He may very well become trade bait down the line dependent on how well his arm bounces back.