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Joba Chamberlain allows homer in first action in 13 months

Aug 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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Joba Chamberlain returned from his broken ankle (not to mention Tommy John surgery) and made his season debut this afternoon, throwing 1.2 innings in the Yankees’ blowout win over the Orioles.

Chamberlain allowed two runs on four hits, including a homer to J.J. Hardy on his second pitch of the game, but showed good velocity in his first big-league action since June 5 of last season.

His tossed 16 fastballs at an average of 92.0 miles per hour, maxing out at 93.1 mph, and both his slider and changeup were in the mid-80s. Chamberlain threw a total of 28 pitches, with 16 of them for strikes.

  1. number42is1 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Len… Paging Len.. Len please answer the white courtesy phone in the Lobby.

  2. Jeremy T - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Weren’t there reports about him reaching the mid-to-upper 90’s while rehabbing? I guess if they did exist, they weren’t accurate…

  3. poprox13 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Hopefully its one of many to come……

  4. ermur22 - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Velocity was never his problem it was keeping the ball in the park that was the problem….seems like he still has it

  5. spudatx - Aug 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Why do the Yankees still have this guy?

  6. deathmonkey41 - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Not a bad debut after not pitching in the majors all this time. Let’s see if he continues to improve.

  7. pisano - Aug 1, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    …. “a homer to JJ Hardy on his second pitch” … so in other words nothing’s changed for Joba.

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