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09/18/09 10:00 PM ET
Kennedy may join Yankees for stretch run
Right-hander's progress at Triple-A has club's attention
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
SEATTLE -- With the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees' season complete, the parent club made another callup on Friday, summoning first baseman Juan Miranda from the Triple-A affiliate. It appears there could be one more September move in the works. Manager Joe Girardi said that it is possible the Yankees could also bring right-hander Ian Kennedy to the big leagues before the month is out, a move that would complete a return to form that progressed quicker than expected. Coming back from surgery on an aneurysm that was discovered under his right armpit, Kennedy pitched three perfect innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, striking out six. The 24-year-old Kennedy is still set to pitch in the Arizona Fall League in November, but Girardi said that he may have an unscheduled detour to New York first. "I don't know if they had a timetable on how fast he was going to move," Girardi said. "I know they're very happy with what he's doing. They said he was really, really good the other night. They're very happy with his progress." Kennedy made a surprise start in the Florida State League finals for Class A Tampa on Sept. 12 and said recently that he has been satisfied with how things are moving along. "I've been throwing since July, and pretty much through this whole process I haven't had any symptoms or soreness to my arm," Kennedy said. "Because they didn't cut into any muscle, my arm has been feeling pretty much back to normal." Girardi said that Kennedy -- 1-4 with a 6.14 ERA in 13 Major League games (12 starts) from 2007-08 -- could benefit from time at the big league level, even if it is just one game. "If he was to help us, it would probably be good for him," Girardi said. "I think any time anyone gets big league experience ... there's a lot to be learned from it." Miranda, 26, hit .290 (127-for-438) with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs in 122 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He batted .231 (6-for-26) with a double, triple and six RBIs in the International League playoffs. "He's played well, and we think he deserves to be up here," Girardi said. "We can put him at first, we can pinch-hit with him. There's a lot of things we can do. He had a good year."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.