Joe Girardi wanted Ian Kennedy to throw a full, strong bullpen session this morning in Anaheim. Afterward, he informed IPK that his next start would be at Class AAA Scranton. It's anticipated that Darrell Rasner will now start Wednesday at Minnesota (Girardi did not reveal this move to the media in pre-game, since IPK was about to throw his bullpen session).
Outside the Yankees clubhouse a few minutes ago, Kennedy said he understood the move, and that he was too focused on results at Scranton (even though it got him back to the bigs, for 2 innings). Now, he'll work on his two-seam fastball and mixing up his offspeed pitches. He was told that he'd be back in September.
Oh, and he was also quietly counseled by some veterans about how to better phrase his post-game comments. Kennedy regretted saying that he was not too broken up about the way he pitched in Friday night's disaster.
"I could tell by some of your faces that it came out wrong,'' Kennedy said. "I was very disappointed with myself.'' IPK said that Andy Pettitte sees him as a "little brother'' and was helpful in telling him "how to say it the right way.'' Despite his troubles in '08, "I wouldn't trade this year for the world.''