BOSTON — According to a scout who follows the Yankees, the fastball of reliever Tommy Kahnle — who did not pitch in the team’s 10-7 win over the Red Sox — averaged 97 mph last September, but has dipped to 93 to 94 in the early part of this season.
Following Tuesday night’s 14-1 plastering by the Red Sox, in which Kahnle gave up five runs (three earned), three walks and two hits in two-thirds of an inning, the righty said the dip in velocity was due to a mechanical problem and said he felt good physically.
“His velocity has been a little down since spring training,’’ Boone said of Kahnle, who is being counted on to work the middle innings and get games to Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman, but had a 7.11 ERA in five appearances. In 6 ¹/₃ innings, Kahnle has given up four hits and seven runs (five earned) and walked seven.
“Sometimes that is the case, especially when you are feeling well,” Boone said. “You try and reach back and try to find that and maybe you get a little bit out of whack and it affects your command a little bit.That is something we will try and work through with him. Obviously, he is really important to us.’’
According to Cashman the dip in velocity is strange.
“He says he is,’’ he said when asked if Kahnle is healthy. “Everyone has seen his velo is not where it typically is. That is a curiosity. It’s a puzzle we are trying to figure out. We don’t have an answer for that.’’
While Luis Severino was getting hit by the Red Sox during Tuesday night’s blowout loss, some people believed the righty was tipping pitches by changing the set position on fastballs and breaking balls.
“It is something we have been aware about with Sevy and address from time to time with him and try to stay on top of,’’ Boone said of the staff ace who gave up five runs, eight hits and three walks in five innings.
Boone didn’t think Severino’s lackluster outing was the result of the Red Sox knowing what was coming.
“All of that wasn’t necessarily the case but we try to be as vigilant as we can. We are aware of certain things some of our pitchers may or may not do and we are always mindful of and try to address and stay on top of so that doesn’t become an issue,’’ Boone said.
Cashman said: “When he does we address it and move forward. Sometimes he does it and sometimes he doesn’t.’’
Cashman wouldn’t say if Severino was tipping pitches on Tuesday night.
Phil Nevin, the third-base coach, would rather freeze than be caught on camera with multiple layers of clothing under his uniform.
“Less layers. I looked fat. I would rather freeze to death. I don’t want to look like that,’’ said Nevin, who was ejected from Wednesday’s game for jawing with somebody in the Red Sox dugout.