When the Yankees sent starter Joba Chamberlain to the disabled list Wednesday because of rotator cuff tendinitis in his right shoulder, the move created a ripple effect for the Minor League affiliates. Most noticeable–right-hander Ian Kennedy was called up with the chance to get his first big league win of the season. Kennedy went 0-3 in nine appearances (eight starts) with the Yankees earlier this year before he was placed on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. He found success at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA in nine games (eight starts). Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Kennedy will need to locate his pitches, a factor that was missing for the righty at the start of 2008.
The transaction also meant another move for reliever Chris Britton, who has been doing a significant amount of travel in the last two weeks. Britton was called up July 31 and threw 3 2/3 innings against the Angels before he was sent down the following day when Brian Bruney rejoined the club after recovering from a right foot injury. The Yankees recalled Britton on Wednesday when Chamberlain went down, but he was optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday in time to take the mound against Syracuse.
Quick hits: Phil Hughes gave up one run in 4 2/3 innings Thursday night for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He threw 68 pitches, and his fastball consistently fell in the 93-94 mph range. Hughes is schedules to throw approximately 85 pitches Tuesday night against Pawtucket. …Carl Pavano pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his third Minor League rehab start Thursday night. He threw 63 pitches, giving up just one hit and striking out four with two walks. The pitch count was his highest total since April 9, 2007 when he threw 79 pitches. …Outfielder Brett Gardner was back in the lineup for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday night after missing two games with a sore right hamstring.