Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle dominates in rehab start, nearing return

New York Yankees pitcher Tommy Kahnle signs autographs during spring training on February 15, 2024, in Tampa, FL, USA.
Amanda Paula
Wednesday May 8, 2024

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New York Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle impressed in his initial rehabilitation appearance Wednesday night, garnering acclaim from both scouts and team officials. During his outing, Kahnle displayed notable progress with his sliders, throwing two with improved technique in his inning of work.

Tommy Kahnle’s debut in rehab games was confirmed on the same day he played, adding an element of surprise to his performance.

Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle impresses in rehab outing

Tommy Kahnle running sprints on the field at Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees Spring training complex in Tampa Florida.Tommy Kahnle running sprints on the field at Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees Spring training complex in Tampa Florida.

According to NJ.com, in a modest turnout of less than fifty fans at Steinbrenner Field, Yankees Vice President of Baseball Operations Tim Naehring closely observed Kahnle’s performance against the Clearwater Threshers, the minor-league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tommy Kahnle, who has been sidelined due to shoulder discomfort, delivered a stellar performance on the mound. Facing three highly touted 19-year-old prospects, Kahnle worked through a flawless inning, tallying two strikeouts while retiring all three batters he faced.

Questions remain around Oswald Peraza’s status despite Tommy Kahnle’s progress

Scouts in attendance were quick to praise Kahnle’s command and pitch repertoire during a recent outing. One scout remarked to NJ Advance Media, “He looks pretty close. That’s him. He was utilizing his changeup effectively. It looked promising. He executed a couple of decent cutters. His fastball was impressive.”

Expressing satisfaction with his performance, Tommy Kahnle cited improved health and confidence in his arm post-game, saying, “I’m ready to roll. I just have to get through all the games.”

Kahnle’s rehabilitation plan includes five more outings before a potential return to the Yankees’ active roster in approximately two weeks. His next appearance is scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Tampa, followed by a stint with Double-A Somerset next Tuesday.

While Kahnle’s successful outing brings optimism for his return, questions surround the status of Yankees infielder Oswald Peraza, who also began a rehab assignment for a shoulder issue. Peraza struggled at the plate, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk, but his defensive contributions were notable.

Kahnle’s journey back to the mound has been marred by setbacks, with the reliever acknowledging the challenges of rushing his recovery.

“I always try to rush back. I probably tried to rush back this past time, which is probably why I ended up getting that minor hiccup.” Kahnle admitted.

Despite setbacks, Kahnle remains optimistic about his impending return to the Yankees’ bullpen, emphasizing the team’s depth and resilience in handling injuries. “We have depth,” Kahnle noted. “A guy goes down, there’s somebody else that we can bring in. They’ve been really good.”

As Kahnle eagerly anticipates his return to action, he’s enthralled by the renewed energy emanating from fans at Yankee Stadium. “It looks like Yankee Stadium is rocking again,” Kahnle remarked excitedly. “It’s going to be fun.”

Kahnle’s successful rehab outing offers hope for the Yankees’ bullpen as they continue their quest for success in the 2024 season.

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One thought on “Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle dominates in rehab start, nearing return

  1. Kahnle was very impressive with the Yankees previously, so I hope he’s fully recovered & can play a big role with the Yankees.

    While I’m glad he did well in Tampa, fans shouldn’t get too excited with a stellar performance against 19-year-olds. Let’s see how he does at AA against hitters who are much closer to MLB ready, and, ultimately, how he does at the MLB level, assuming his health remains good.

    Having said that, you have to be pleased with his early progress: his FB, in particular, looked very good; I just wish the article had noted what the speed was on his pitches.

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