Posted on: January 21, 2009 11:04 am

The forgotten prospect

Alan Horne was getting a lot of pub this time last year-much of it from yours truly. Due to various injuries after graduating UF, he was a little older than your typical Eastern league pitcher when he dominated that league in 2007. He brought high expectations into 2008, which were almost immediately dashed when he ruptured a biceps tendon, then it was discovered he additionally had a small tear in his rotator cuff. . Nice story here about how he hopes to make some Yankee fans remember him again.

And with every new spring comes a renewal of hope and expectations to get over the hump and Horne said that he has not lost his confidence to achieve his dream.

“I feel pretty confident knowing now that there was something wrong last year, something we didn’t know for a long time,” he said. “Now we’ve got a finger on it and fixed it.

“You still have a plan laid out and now you know where you’re going and what you’re dealing with, as opposed to last year when it was a mystery to everyone.”

Horne said he hoped to start throwing off the mound by early February, with spring training officially starting later in the month.




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Posted on: June 9, 2008 8:28 am


Alan Horne made his first start in a month and a half, and the results were expected, but somewhat encouraging. He was on a pitch count, and threw far too many balls to go deep in the game. His velocity was good, and he K'd 7 in only 4 innings. He only issued 2 walks, but he seemed to have 3 ball counts on every hitter.

His final line 4IP 3 H 1ER 2BB 7K  

Meanwhile, David Robertson continued his dominant season in relief of Horne. 3IP 1H 0BB 4K. He has now struck out 56 in 40 IP between Trenton and Scranton. His overall ERA is 1.77.

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Posted on: June 4, 2008 2:08 pm

Horne returns

After enduring what looked like might be a career ending bicep injury earliier this season, Alan Horne has been removed from the minor league disabled list and added back the the roster of the Scranton Yankees. Speculation is he will start on Friday.

From Chad Jennings:

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Just got one more text message from Alan Horne, and the message was simple.

"Be there tonite."

Still no word on when Horne will pitch next. I emailed Nardi Contreras earlier this week to ask if Horne might start on Friday and Contreras said he wasn't ready to announce a Friday starter. I'll obviously talk to Horne when I get to the park and he mgiht know when he's scheduled to throw. Regardless, it's obviously good news to have him back in the mix. If he's in the same form he was this spring, he could quickly become a big league option. 

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Posted on: May 20, 2008 11:16 am

Horne a week away

According to SWB Yankee beat writer Chad Jennings, Alan Horne pitched in the same extended spring training game A-Rod rehabbed in yesterday,  posted 2 scoreless innings and reported absolutely no pain. He's scheduled to throw another 4 innings Thursday, then appears set to make the start for Scranton next Tuesday. So Horne goes from looking like his career could be potentially over to back in the mix for the Bronx in a little under a month.

In other news, Jeff Karstens makes his 2008 debut for Scranton today. He could see time in NY shortly as a spot starter should IPK continue to falter, or as the long man.

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Posted on: April 11, 2008 8:46 am

Horne hurt

Sounds bad. Left his start in the 2nd inning last night. Details as they stand from the SWB Yankee blog:

 He's getting an MRI tomorrow morning. On the pitch before the injury he threw a slider and felt something in his arm, but didn't think much of it.

"I just thought it was one of those weird quips," he said.

The final pitch was a fastball, and his arm knotted up so badly, "it pulled my whole side down." The tightness ran up and down his arm and even his fingers were tingling. He went to the trainer's room where he said his arm loosened and by the end of the night it was kind of pulsating, getting tight and then getting loose. He said that the trainer and team doctor told him that the tendons seem to be intact, but they won't know much for sure until tomorrow's tests.

He is not making tomorrow's trip to Durham and said he expects -- but doesn't know for sure -- that he will miss his next start.

“Hopefully we get some good news tomorrow and I can just meet these guys a few days late,” he said.

Horne has some injury history, but it all came in college and he's never missed a start in the minor leagues. He's had Tommy John and said he knew instantly that this wasn't a Tommy John type injury. That said, he admitted that it did scare him at first. Right now, he said he's just trying to stay optimistic, hoping it's either a strain or some sort of bizarre, one-time-only nerve issue.

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