Kensing on shelf with abdominal strain

Kensing on shelf with abdominal strain

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Logan Kensing became the first significant casualty of the Pirates' Spring Training on Tuesday, when the non-roster right-hander felt a twinge in his abdominal area while warming up for his batting-practice session, which was quickly scratched.

Kensing originally was said to have suffered tightness in his right groin muscle. But shortly after he had said that he would "rest for a couple of days and test it out again" the diagnosis was revised to a more serious strain of the lower-right abdomen.

Kensing now will take it easy for two weeks, then be re-evaluated.

The 29-year-old Texan is trying to work his way back to the Major Leagues for the first time since 2009, when he made a total of 32 relief appearances between the Marlins and the Nationals.

Kensing missed 2010 with shoulder surgery and began 2011 pitching in the independent Atlantic League before being signed by the Yankees to a Minor League contract and making 21 appearances for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.