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Joba Chamberlain is now throwing off a half-mound

Feb 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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According to the Associated Press, Joba Chamberlain has begun throwing off a half-mound as he continues his rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery.

Yesterday’s throwing session took place at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. Chamberlain threw off a five-inch mound with Yankees’ pitching coach Larry¬†Rothschild and team vice president Billy Connors in attendance.

Chamberlain posted a 2.83 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings before going under the knife last June. The 26-year-old right-hander was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and agreed to a one-year, $1.675 million contract with New York last month. Barring any setbacks, he should be back in the Yankees’ bullpen at some point during the first half of the season.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Oh, no. Oh, no. For the Fat Toad, it should be a mound and a half, maybe a double mound, or nothing.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      My friend, calm down spring training hasn’t even begun yet. Besides he will make an already strong bullpen even stronger when he returns.

      Besides look at the bright side you could be anticipating or perhaps agonizing is a better term over the return of Bobby Jenks if you were a Red Sox fan.

    • bigharold - Feb 4, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      Len, .. LEAVE Joba ALONE!

  2. yournuts - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Joba will be a great addition for the pinstripers. Get well soon Joba, we miss you.

  3. buffalomafia - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Just like your name says your nuts! Joba sucks!

    Get rid of him soon!

  4. spudchukar - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    It was a regular size full mound until he walked onto it. I know, too easy.

  5. jimbo1949 - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    I’m trying to envision a half mound. Is it a semi-circle with a right angle drop in the back? Does it split the rubber in half? If you rock back too far do you fall on your ass? So much time, too few questions.

  6. buffalomafia - Feb 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Hey Im a true blue Yankee fan but Joba must go! His pitches are to predictable.

  7. dowhatifeellike - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    I played ball for 16 years (pitching for the last 10 of them) and I’ve never heard of the use of a half mound. It seems to me that if you’re not ready to throw off a mound, you’re just not ready to throw off a mound.

    • tom1954 - Feb 4, 2012 at 6:46 PM

      Yes, which is why the article says “he should be ready” not “he will be ready.” Just because you haven’t heard it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Newer methods are being utilized all the time.

  8. drewzducks - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    It was a full mound until Mary Cashman got her half.

    • bleedgreen - Feb 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      I came here to say this. *sadface*

  9. pisano - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    If and when he comes back he’d better lose some weight, he’s looking like the Pillsbury doughboy!

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