Betances to the DL; Horne close to returning

A tip o’ the old hat goes out Eric at Pending Pinstripes on this one: Dellin Betances is headed to the DL with a one of those fosh “upper body injuries.” The injury likely explains his bad outing yesterday, and if it has to do with his elbow it could explain all those walks he’s been issuing (if you’re a fan of K/BB ratios, check that shizz out, wowza). Who knows, maybe the kid’s just got pink eye.

In happier news, Chad Jennings notes that Alan Horne made another rehab appearance in Extended Spring Training today, striking out 7 in 3.2 innings of work. Horne said he felt great, and expects to make his next appearance for one of the affiliated squads. You take the good with the bad, I guess.

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Horne on his way back

Text messaging can be an awesome thing. it’s how Chad Jennings has kept up on Alan Horne’s rehab. The latest word is that he’s set to throw from a mound tomorrow and then again on Saturday. If all goes well, he’ll face live hitters a week from today, probably in extended spring training. He could join the Scranton rotation shortly after that, but we can’t be certain. It appears for now, though, that he’s on the road back.

Horne should begin throwing this week

When Alan Horne left a Scranton game with an injury on the 10th, the prognosis was unclear. The injury — a partial right biceps tear — was not nearly as bad as the Yanks had feared, and last night, Chad Jennings unveiled the the Yanks’ plan for their young pitcher. Horne will begin a throwing program on Thursday as he begins to build up his strength. The team is rightly being very conservative with Horne.

Horne speaks; Yankee fans listen

Yankees prospect Alan Horne sat down with Trentonian staff writer Josh Norris recently, and the result is an interesting and exhaustive Q and A. Horne touches on everything from his Spring Training invite and EL Pitcher of the Year Award to his off-season training and his potential 2008 role in the Bronx bullpen to Roger Clemens and the Mitchell Report. It’s good stuff. (Thanks to RAB fan Bill for this tip.)

Alan Horne named EL Pitcher of the Year

From the Thunder’s press release:

(Trenton, NJ)- The Eastern League of Professional Baseball announced today that Thunder RHP Alan Horne has been selected as the 2007 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. A ceremony to present his award will be made prior to tonight’s game against the Binghamton Mets.

The 24-year old has been the ace of the Northern Division leading Trenton pitching staff, compiling a record of 12-4 with a 2.97 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP while striking out 158 batters and walking 51 in 142.1 innings of work this season. The 6’4”, 195 lb. hurler has been dominant for the Thunder all season, giving up one earned run or less in 13 of his 25 appearances and striking out at least six batters in a game 21 different times…

Bowie right-handed starter Radhames Liz finished second in the voting for the award and Portland right-handed starter Clay Buchholz finished third in the voting. The award was voted on by respective Eastern League team managers and coaching staffs, writers and radio and television broadcast personnel.