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Yankees set to activate Joba Chamberlain from disabled list

May 28, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

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According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com the Yankees will activate Joba Chamberlain from the disabled list for tonight’s game after the right-hander missed the past four weeks with a strained oblique.

Chamberlain threw two innings in an extended spring training game Saturday and told Hoch that he was clocked in the mid-90s, which suggests at the very least his arm is certainly healthy.

Before the injury Chamberlain had a 3.86 ERA and 7/6 K/BB ratio in 9.1 innings, but manager Joe Girardi has said he’ll slide Chamberlain back into a seventh-inning setup role in front of David Robertson and Mariano Rivera.

  1. rickdobrydney - May 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    As we all know “clocked in the mid 90’s ” means nothing—- its all about command and consistency , which Chamberlain has yet to attain —good one day, lousy the next. I have heard his name bantered about as possible successor to Mariano, and that makes me laugh. It will take a much more mature pitcher to slide into that role…….

    • gc1998 - May 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      I have never heard Joba associated with succeeding Rivera but at least for now, Joba doesn’t seem to have the mental makeup for the role. The closer needs to be somewhat unflappable. The closer needs both physical and mental consistency. Right now, Joba has huge ability, but is not consistent in either capacity. In fact, when you factor in Joba’s propensity for injuries, not sure he is even in the running for the coveted closer role.

    • wineman2u - May 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Joba’s never been the same since the gnats attacked him in Cleveland. That and then his shoulder injury and then the Yankees swapping him back and forth between starter and reliever. He’s not long for the team, though. In all likelihood he’s gone at the end of the season. Maybe even by the trade deadline depending on what kind of situation pops up.

  2. barrywhererufrom - May 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Ok I am going to shush Joba..Preston Claiborne should stay up here..I have a feeling number 62 is going to have a new home after he shows some more success coming back from his latest injury..

    • discoblue - May 28, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Really like Claiborne. Very impressive presence on the mound and great stuff. Wonder why not more touted in the usual “rate” the prospects reports. Would hate to see him go to make room for Joba — until J shows he has some of his control, promise, and talent back. Needs a new less ridiculous profile picture too.

    • pisano - May 28, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      barry…..I sure hope you’re right, in reality the Yankees could move him and Phil Hughes, as they’re both in their walk year and maybe get a front-line catcher, and a power hitting right-handed outfielder, but knowing the Yankees they will let these two walk at the end of the year and settle for draft picks. As far as Joba ever being a closer that would be a nightmare, he’s not only to inconsistent, but he never has and never will have the mental makeup. Trade bait is what I’m hoping for with Joba.

  3. raybrower - May 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Joba is from Nebraska. Nebraska is a Bruce Springsteen album. Bruce Springsteen is known as The Boss. As is George Steinbrenner. It’s a little quiet in here. Yeah, a little TOO quiet. If you know what I mean.

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