Tommy Kahnle unsure of next steps: ‘I’m tired of rehab’



TAMPA — After throwing Thursday and Saturday, Tommy Kahnle is no closer to returning.

The Yankees’ right-handed reliever has been dealing with biceps tendinitis. He has endured pain and discomfort there in the past, even in 2018.

“I haven’t been feeling that good, so I’m not sure what the next steps are,” Kahnle said Sunday morning at the Yankees’ spring training complex. “But I know today we regroup and figure out where we go from there.

“I know it’s the same place and it just hasn’t cleared up yet. So I’ll buy time and come back when I’m ready.”

Kahnle did not have an updated timeline for his recovery, nor did he know if he would need to undergo more tests. Aaron Boone, meanwhile, admitted the pitcher’s rehab has been delayed.

“It slows down his clock a little bit until he can throw, come back and keep building,” the manager said Saturday. “Hopefully not a lot, but at least a little.”

Kahnle is in his third stint with the Yankees after inking a two-year, $11.5 million contract this offseason. The club drafted the Latham, N.Y. native in the fifth round in 2010, but the Rockies took him in the Rule 5 draft three years later. Colorado dealt Kahnle to the White Sox in November 2015, and Chicago sent him to the Yankees in a July 2017 trade that also brought Todd Frazier to the Bronx and reunited David Robertson with the pinstripes.

Kahnle finished that season posting a 2.70 ERA in his first 32 major league games in the Yankees organization. But his biceps gave way the following season and he spent some time in the minors, posting a 6.56 ERA in 24 MLB games. Kahnle bounced back in 2019, posting a career-high 3.67 ERA in 72 games, but his second stint with the Yankees ended in disaster the following year.

Kahnle pitched just one game in 2020, underwent Tommy John surgery in August and missed the entire 2021 season after signing a rehab and return contract with the Dodgers. He posted a 2.84 ERA in 13 games for Los Angeles in 2022 in addition to allowing three earned runs in two postseason innings.

“I’m tired of the rehab,” said Kahnle, who has pitched just 14 regular-season contests in 2020.[The bicep] definitely better. But I think he wasn’t ready yet.”

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