Despite the interest, no deal is imminent. The Yankees are said to be interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, so the club naturally has interest in Kennedy. The one-time Yankees prospect has flourished in San Diego this season, posting a 3.66 ERA over 135 1/3 innings.
Noesi has won back-to-back starts, and has allowed five earned runs over a span of 13 2/3 innings. He owns a 4.99 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over 101 innings of work this season. His next start will come Wednesday at Detroit.
Over his last two starts covering 12 2/3 innings, Duffy has allowed only two earned runs. He owns a 2.47 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 98 1/3 innings of work. His next start will come Wednesday at home against Minnesota.
Ruggiano hasn't played since Tuesday, and spent Thursday putting in extra work with team trainers. Manager Rick Renteria said Ruggiano was doing better Thursday. Ruggiano is hitting .291/.357/.442 over 165 at-bats.
Masterson has been on the disabled list since July 8 because of right knee soreness. He went 4-6 with a 5.51 ERA in 19 starts before the injury. He will make his second minor-league rehab start Friday at Triple-A Columbus.
"We told him to get after it. We think that would be good for him. Just to get after it, let it fly and see how far he could carry that into the game," manager Terry Francona said.
Hughes was forced out of Thursday's start against the White Sox after taking an Adam Dunn liner off the leg in the fourth inning. He allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out four over three innings of work before the injury. His status remains uncertain for Wednesday's start at Kansas City.