Re: Kearns isn't ready for the bigs...
If what Hal allegedly stated is true, I have to wonder what the FO is thinking. He was certainly ready for the ML's last year at this time when he was near the top in RBI's. But no one knows if this is true until someone from the FO comes out and says so.
Regardless, I'm not sure I see the logic in not bringing him up. It's not as if they have bided their time by playing Pena on a regular basis to see if increased reps will prove him worthy of a roster spot. Instead they have played the likes of Freel (who I like), Romano, Cruz and sparingly Pena in his absence. No real plan and such no real reason to keep him down. This isn't a rookie they're afraid to rush to the majors. He's been in the league three years (injuries aside). He's proven himself worthy of a roster spot when available.
My big concern is not that DO doesn't think AK is ready for the ML's, but that he is so afraid to make a roster move because most scenarios would have him lose a player to waivers - Romano, Pena, Cruz (?). Let's make a decision to help the club. I was impressed that he was able/willing to dump Haynes, but equally perplexed about this non-move.