Chad Jennings is reporting that Alan Horne struggled mightily in his outing, lasting only two thirds of an inning.
He offered up some troublesome quotes after the game.
“It was almost like I couldn’t get the ball there,” Horne told Jennings.
“It didn’t matter what I tried to do. I’d try to add something to it and it seemed like the harder I tried to throw it, the less effective it would be. My breaking stuff was just as slow and loopy as I think I’ve ever thrown it, and I can’t tell you why. Physically I’m fine. They came out there and checked me out and I said, ‘Nothing hurts. I just feel dead. My arm especially. It’s like I have no life, no drive through anything.’ ”
Meanwhile, Pete Abraham writes that it could be a long road back for Ian Kennedy, who struggled at the big league level before coming down with an injury.
“You have to earn your spot back,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Abraham.
“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.”
Kennedy pitched Saturday for Tampa, so that would likely rule out a one-game cameo appearance in Trenton for Wednesday’s game. As of now, there still is now scheduled starter for that game and I’d have to assume it’s unlikely Eric Wordekemper starts again. The way the Tampa rotation sets up, Jason Stephens would be in line for the start if they were to summon someone from down there, seeing how he pitched Friday.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com