Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kennedy Leaves With Lat Strain

Looks like the transitioning of Joba Chamberlain to the starting rotation may have come at exactly the right time.

During another subpar performance from Ian Kennedy, the righthander was peculiarly lifted from the game after only 51 pitches and three innings of work. As you may imagine, IPK left due to an apparent arm injury and will be reevaluated tomorrow.

From NJ.com:

Yankees starter Ian Kennedy, who came out after three innings and 51 pitches, has been diagnosed with a "slight" strain of his right latissimus dorsi.

Because of an off day Thursday, he Yankees can get by with four starters unitl June 3. Could Joba Chamberlain be ready for the rotation by then?

I would bet my bottom dollar the Yankees are far too strict with Joba's transition strategy to start him on June 3rd - and only able to toss 80 pitches. Guys like Dan[imal] McCutchen may be available to make a start by then. If Alan Horne was a couple weeks further into his recovery time he would certainly be top candidate for a call up as well.

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