"He's OK," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He just took a line drive off his side. We don't expect it to affect him."
Kennedy, a 23-year-old rookie, worked the first six innings for New York before Tampa Bay shortstop Jason Bartlett smacked a hard line drive back up the middle in the seventh, hitting Kennedy. The pitcher scampered to throw the ball to first base, but Bartlett beat it for an infield single.
Kennedy was examined on the mound by Girardi and head trainer Gene Monahan before leaving the game, which New York was leading, 7-2, at the time. He was relieved by left-hander Billy Traber. Kennedy said that he does not expect the injury to cost him his next start.
"It's sore right where the belt line is," Kennedy said. "It's sensitive. We'll see [Tuesday] but I think it will just bruise up."
A first-round Draft selection of the Yankees in 2006 out of the University of Southern California, Kennedy was making his second start of the season and the sixth of his Major League career.
Kennedy allowed eight hits and three earned runs in six-plus innings on Monday, taking a no-decision while walking two and striking out four. He is 0-1 with a 8.74 ERA in three games 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.