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Joba Chamberlain strikes out two in first rehab appearance

Jul 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Joba Chamberlain saw his first game action today since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery last season, throwing one inning in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

Chamberlain, who’s also coming back from a gruesome ankle injury suffered while jumping on a trampoline in March, struck out two batters and allowed an unearned run on 23 total pitches.

According to New York Newsday his fastball was clocked in the mid-90s, which if true is awfully encouraging for his first appearance.

It’s tough to predict when Chamberlain could be ready to rejoin the Yankees’ bullpen because rarely is a player rehabbing two major injuries at the same time, but the 30-day clock on his minor-league stint is now officially ticking.

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    No real rush, is there? Unless they really, really need a starter after all and it’s time to play games with what Joba does again.

    • nixonotis - Jul 10, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      There is no chance, under any circumstances, that Joba will sniff the rotation again after coming off of both Tommy John surgery and the (seemingly) catastrophic ankle injury.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        *This year

        I still think the correct move is to let Joba come back and help the bullpen this year, and then option him to Scranton or Trenton next season and work solely on building up his arm strength so he can be a cheap starter in 2014. As things currently stand, the Yankees have CC under contract in 2014. I don’t think anybody should be counting on either Pettitte or Kuroda that far out. Hughes will have hit free agency, and while there will certainly be interest in bringing him back, there’s no cost certainty. Nova and Pineda will be in their first years of arbitration, and hopefully being two years removed from shoulder surgery should allow Pineda to be fully healthy. Joba being capable of starting would just give the Yankees one more option for filling out that rotation and remaining under $189 million.

      • basedrum777 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

        I agree that Joba should go to the bullpen and set-up a return to the rotation (possibly) next year. I would say however that any savings to be had by Pettitte or Kuroda is going to be spent on Cole Hamels. I think the Yankees plan on giving him Cliff Lee’s money in the offseason and setting up their rotation for 10 years with him and CC. I think it would be the best idea too. He’s proven, young, and lefty….

      • brian32556 - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        Kevin S. – I think you’re right about Hughes. I suspect he’ll be looking to pitch in California, closer to home, once he’s free.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:14 AM

        If the Yankees plan on signing Hamels, than $189M is and always was a joke. Unless of course, they’re prepared to let Cano and Granderson walk in favor of Hamels. Somehow I doubt that.

  2. yournuts - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    You can NEVER have to much pitching. Welcome back Joba.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Hopefully his rehab does not include a trampoline.

  4. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Was he stung in the face by a bee?

  5. chumthumper - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Does he still look like he owns a stool at the local bar?

  6. jolink653 - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Joba isn’t a starter and they messed his arm up when they switched him to the rotation…when he comes back they need to gauge his effectiveness and leave him in the bullpen as a setup man and hopefully he can eventually become the closer if he gets his velocity back to where it needs to be…glad to hear he’s getting healthy again

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