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Yankees to push back Chamberlain's next start

Aug 12, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

As part of the grand plan to keep Joba Chamberlain’s arm from falling off, the Yankees are pushing his next start back by a day or two, instead inserting Chad Gaudin into the rotation for a start this weekend against the Mariners.  The Daily News’ Tim Smith thinks this is silly:

Leave him alone and let him pitch his regular turn, and stop talking about this top-secret plan that was devised, developed and instituted by GM Brian Cashman and Girardi. Enough already.

I’m all for being careful with young arms — and though he seems like he’s been around a long time, Joba is still young — but one wonders whether this treatment isn’t having some unanticipated side effects.  Pitchers are creatures of habit, and based on his quotes in the articles, Chamberlain is always the last to know when he’s pitching.  Jorge Posada, who knows a thing or two about pitchers by now, says “It’s tough with what he’s been going through. He doesn’t know when he’s going to pitch, so it’s tough to mentally put it all together. He’s doing everything he can to stay focused, but it’s tough.”

And though I’m venturing a bit out of my bailiwick with this, I wonder if it’s possible that extra rest does Joba some harm, albeit small harm. Perhaps he feels almost too strong when he pitches on extra rest and thus (a) overthrows; and/or (b) doesn’t feel as pressing a need to be efficient and conserve energy?

Worth thinking about. And, hey, given the lead the Yankees have right now, there’s room to experiment a bit.

  1. charles Gresko - Aug 12, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    this idea of resting joba is not fair to the yankee team, joba and fans. he was in a groove since the all star game then the brainless trust of cashman and giradi sits him for 8 days before his next start. surprise he walked 6 or 7 batters? no command of his pitches at all.Then giradi states the extra rest didnt effect joba!!!!!
    this is not just silly its stupid!

  2. Moshe Mandel - Aug 12, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Protecting their best asset is stupid? The Yankees came into the season with a plan for Joba, and they are sticking to it. That takes guts, and it is the right move. Yankees fans complain about it, but just take a look at the team they play today. The Jays are known for being hard on their starters, and have a whole gaggle of them with career threatening injuries.

  3. Moshe Mandel - Aug 12, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Hmm, should have been a reply to comment 1.

  4. Kevin S. - Aug 12, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    While this carries the usual SSS caveat, Joba’s been just as good, if not better on extra rest this season. Not to say that he can’t pitch on regular rest, but it doesn’t appear to be hurting him too much. That first game out of the break, he had just as much rest as he did for the Boston game.

  5. Stultus Magnus - Aug 12, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    How is resting Joba unfair to the fans? That doesn’t make sense. And in any case, they pushed Joba back so Sergio Mitre wouldn’t be facing the Red Sox. Sounds more than fair to the fans, unless you want his 7.04 ERA and 1.913 WHIP facing the team who is 5th in the majors in runs scored.
    Joba’s problems, against the Sox and against the Jays last night, are his own.

  6. Simon DelMonte - Aug 12, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    I was expecting to see Joba just go for less innings per start, since the Yankees bullpen seems to be in fairly good shape. Somehow the idea of continuing to use Mitre as a starter doesn’t make sense to me.

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