Via Ed Price -
Ian Kennedy, hammered Friday for five runs on nine hits in two-plus innings, was optioned to Triple A. No word yet on a replacement starter for Wednesday.
Kennedy was more contrite today that after his start and said some veterans, particularly Andy Pettitte, counseled him on choosing his words better.
The team told Kennedy to work on his offspeed pitches while in the minors. He has a tendency while in the majors to go to his fastball too often — many times because he is behind in the count — and his fastball isn’t very hard and is straight.
I agree with this move. Kennedy has a lot to learn. But, in some respects, I blame the Yankees for this as well…
…they made him a first-round pick…they rushed him through the minors last season…and they gave him the golden ticket to be one of their starters this season…
…and all this has caused a “too much, too soon, leading to a big head” case (in Kennedy). So, maybe the Yankees can learn from all this too?