Yes, it's worth starting his clock.
We're talking about 20 days of service time here.
I hope the decision is because they don't think he's ready. If it's because of 20 days of service time, then this FO has lost all the goodwill they've earned from me - which is a lot.
I have no problem with service time games when you're losing 90 games. I have a big problem if it's even a consideration when you have a 100 win team.
Just being 100% transparent, I continue to be confused on service time and options. I do know that when the clock winds, there are a number of factors involved in both, and they can move both forward and back, or be stagnate, depending on when a player is added, promoted, etc. That being said, I don't think 20 or so days woukd have affect on a Kiriloff decision whatsoever.
However, I do think options, 40 man decisions, and his readiness ARE factors.
Let me state something I have eagerly stated before, and that I think Kiriloff is as close to can't miss as you can get. I have repeatedly stated I think he is "special" and will be an outstanding hitter with contact and OB ability plus power, though how much power is yet to be determined. What I do doubt is ML readiness NOW to help. There are select few prospects, even top ones, who could jump to MLB at this/his point and actually make a difference to close out the season.
The Buxton blow is huge! But barring any additional setbacks, it appears Rosario, Kepler, Gonzalez and Cave should be OK soon and going forward. If that is not the case, we could have a different discussion on our hands.