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Joba Chamberlain could be on the way to the minors

Aug 22, 2012, 10:33 AM EST

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CC Sabathia is coming back? That means someone has to go down or out. And one possibility for that is Joba Chamberlain:

With CC Sabathia due back from the disabled list on Friday, the Yankees will have to make a roster move to open a spot for their returning ace. According to a source, the team is considering a demotion for Chamberlain, who has struggled badly in his seven appearances.

It would likely only be a short-term demotion, seeing as though rosters expand in eight days.

Whatever the case, Chamberlain is not pitching in high leverage situations and it’s not like he’s getting the job done.  If he was anyone other than the famous guy Joba Chamberlain it wouldn’t be worth an article at this point, but he’s always going to be news, it seems.

  1. uyf1950 - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    If it’s anyone other than Chamberlain that is sent down when they activate CC it would be a shock.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      Really? I see a trip to AAA in the future for Nova too.

      • uyf1950 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        I don’t disagree with that. But ti will be after Joba is sent down.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Calm down Len. You’ll find another use for that caps font.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Indeed I will.Is there a Dipsy Dumpster league affiliated with the Universe?

  3. amerrealist - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Chamberlain should be put on waivers and see if someone will trade for him. He has been ineffective for several years & it’s time for a change. He might fit in on a national league team with weaker batting orders but not in AL.

    • thereisaparty - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Joba has actually been a very effective reliever throughout his career. Not sure what metrics you are looking at.

    • lazlosother - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Not so much. since 07 Joba has (according to fangraphs calculations) been worth $33,200,000. NY has paid him a grand total of $4,390,550. It’s not like he’s ripped them off. His career ERA+ is 118. He was pitching very well before his injury last year. Only an idiot would trade him at this point, his value is at it’s lowest. NY should send him down and get him steady innings. If he doesn’t contribute to the big club till next year so be it.

      Chamberlain is only 26 (27 in Sept.), he’s been more effective than he gets credit for, and he’s cost controlled yet. There is absolutely no reason to freak out at a tiny sample size and save almost no $ by getting rid of him.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:48 PM

        There is absolutely no reason to freak out at a tiny sample size

        You must not know a lot of Yankee fans. If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s freaking out over really small sample sizes.

  4. hughhoney2 - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    No surprise here, but do us a favor and send down Boone Logan while your at it!

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      And have Clay Rapada as our soul lefty? Are you insane, man?

      • hughhoney2 - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        Obviously that comment was in jest…Its just frustrating to watch Boone lately. He cant seem to get outs. Id like to see Feliciano get some work in sooner than later!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        You know that Logan has more appearances than any other pitcher in baseball this year? He’s 5 games away from last year’s total, and already 8 above the year before that and we have what, 40 games to go? He’s being ridden like the town’s horse.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Keep joba, ship Nova. It did wonders for him last time. Maybe he needs to realize that, contrary to his post-game interviews, he did NOT throw the ball pretty well.

  6. willclarkgameface - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Nice job Yankees trying to convince everyone that protecting this guy was the best thing to do for his progress. I bet you never thought he’d end up on a trampoline and frig himself up that way.

    This guy has been overrated from the word go. I never understood it. Send him down so I don’t have to hear the YES network talk about him. Or better yet, send down all the YES network TV guys as well so they can all roast in their mediocrity in the minors.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      This guy has been overrated from the word go. I never understood it.

      Of course you don’t, because you don’t understand his backstory, his injury history or how well he’s actually pitched. If only there were ways to research all this. Shame there aren’t….

    • nysoxer - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      This guy has been a circus act. He was effective when put in easy situations where he didn’t have to think. Putting pressure on him causes him to implode, Take his Jaba Rules and all to another team, possibly the Mets. As for the YES broadcasters, it’s a surprise they came up for air since their heads have been stuck up A-Rod’s butt! I consider them among the worst broadcasters of all time. They have the Yankees winning the games before the first pitch is thrown. I really like their so-called expert analysis, seeing they are all All-Stars in their own mind. But, someone had to hire these flakes. The mute button applies here.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        Putting pressure on him causes him to implode,

        And another uninformed commentator joins the ring…

      • protius - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        Who’s Jaba?

        Why aren’t you whining about the Red Sox cockeyed capybara second baseman?

        This alleged “team leader”, didn’t have the decency to attend the funeral of team legend, Johnny Pesky.

        Go get your own house in order before you criticize someone else’s housekeeping.

      • anxovies - Aug 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        I guess in chowderspeak that means that Michael Kay, et al., have something to talk about rather than a team filled with whiners, losers and backstabbers.

  7. nysoxer - Aug 22, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    To churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged, I remember you. You were the scarecrow in the “Wizard of Oz”. You kept singing, “If I only had a brain……” You, like Jaba are mentally challenged. You, like Jaba, have special needs. Be a good lad and play in the corner with you roach friends! Leave the comments to those with an understanding of the game. Christmas will be here soon and I’m sure you will get a choochoo from Santa!

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 22, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      Yes, I’m mentally challenged except I know the name of the pitcher is Joba, not Jaba. This isn’t an episode of Star Wars. Please teach all of us how Joba falls under pressure?

      • nysoxer - Aug 22, 2012 at 10:49 PM

        You’ll feel better by Christmas. The heat has gotten to you. Just put a plastic bag over your head and breathe deeply. It will be ok. You are just confused. Can’t decide what to call the woman who gave birth to you, “Mom” or “Sis”? It’s a problem.

    • protius - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      Dude, you have got to be kidding.

      Throwing invectives around like dirty socks, isn’t the same thing as engaging in intelligent argumentation. It’s a defense mechanism, meant to cover the fact that you’re all flash, and no substance.

      Go away and talk with your demons in a dark room somewhere. If you find that they have no advice to give you, then that means that even the voices in your head think you’re a jerk off.

  8. jfk69 - Aug 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Poor Joba
    His fastball is there but location is not. Got a shot and now back to minors in a roster move this Friday and we will see him again in nine or ten days. Relax folks..A mere two months ago i thought he was finished for the year. Jeez..If it makes it all the way back this year….It is a bonus. Next year..It is expected.

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