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04/15/08 6:22 PM EST

Kennedy expected to make next start

Yankees righty feeling better day after taking liner off hip

ST. PETERSBURG -- Ian Kennedy has a red stitch mark from the line drive he took off his right hip on Monday, but little else -- good news for the Yankees' rookie right-hander.

"I was expecting it to be a lot more stiff," said Kennedy, who is expected to make his next start without issue. "It's back to normal."

Kennedy, 23, was drilled near his belt line with a Jason Bartlett liner while working in the seventh inning of New York's 8-7 victory at Tropicana Field on Monday. Kennedy left the game, though manager Joe Girardi later said that Bartlett was going to be Kennedy's final batter anyway.

Kennedy left the clubhouse with a slight limp that he said got more pronounced as he went up stairs, but said that walking quickly allowed him to move normally. Kennedy skipped his normal post-start running as a precaution on Tuesday, but remains scheduled to pitch on Saturday against the Orioles in Baltimore.

"He feels pretty good today," Girardi said. "He said it got better as the day went on. He'll have his side [Wednesday] and pitch on turn."

Kennedy is 0-1 with a 8.74 ERA in three games (two starts) for New York this season.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.