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Kennedy feels good after 'pen session

Kennedy feels good after 'pen session

NEW YORK -- Ian Kennedy's first worry is simply getting healthy. He took another step in that direction Monday, throwing his first bullpen session since straining his right lat muscle last month. But his second worry remains a bit more uncertain.

Even if he's fully healed, Kennedy doesn't know if the Yankees have a spot for him.

"I try not to think about it, because all I can really do is get healthy," Kennedy said. "Whatever happens, happens. Otherwise, it will just drive you crazy."

So Kennedy concentrated on health Monday, throwing roughly 30 pitches under the watchful eyes of pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Mike Harkey. Limited to only fastballs and changeups, Kennedy finished with his right arm feeling fine.

"It feels back to normal again," Kennedy said. "It was a very average bullpen, but it felt good, at least. That's all that matters.

"It kind of felt weird throwing on the mound, because I've been throwing on flat ground for the past week, but it felt good to be out there on the mound."

Kennedy is scheduled to fly to Tampa, Fla., on Monday night to continue his rehab. There, he'll throw another bullpen session this week -- mixing in his breaking pitches -- before beginning a schedule of rehab games. Then he can worry about nudging his way back onto a cramped roster.

Most of the trouble stems from Joba Chamberlain, who should be weaned off a pitch count and fully integrated into the rotation by the time Kennedy returns. Certainly, Kennedy won't take Chamberlain's spot, and as long as Darrell Rasner continues to be one of the team's more consistent starting pitchers, Kennedy won't take his spot, either.

Kennedy was 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in eight starts and a relief appearance before the injury.

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

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