For the second time inside of two months, Joba Chamberlain Joba Chamberlain experienced discomfort in his valuable right shoulder Sunday at Fenway Park.
According to several people, Chamberlain said the shoulder was tight after exiting the first game of the doubleheader against the Red Sox when he walked Jason Bay and gave up a ground-rule double to Mark Kotsay in the eighth inning.
The same people said Chamberlain didn't appear too concerned about it. However, Chamberlain is the face of the Yankees' pitching future and the slightest physical problem with him is cause for concern. Especially with the Yankees targeting starting pitching as the No. 1 area they have to upgrade this winter.
According to a scout who recently tracked Chamberlain, tightness could be why his velocity was down during the final two weeks of the season.
"He was throwing 91 mph and a lot of sliders," the scout said of Chamberlain, whose fastball was clocked at 97-98 mph before he spent almost a month on the DL with rotator-cuff tendinitis.
When you bring up the main things Yankees fans don't want to hear, Joba and shoulder issues is one of them, at least it is be for me. Hopefully the rest between now and spring training will do him some good. If healthy this kid could be one of the best pitchers in the game, he has the best stuff I've ever seen. But if he can't then what?
Could this be another disaster in the making? Another Kerry Wood or Mark Prior - A ton of talent, but an arm that doesn't want to cooperate.
One thing I will say that might make this news a little less harsh is that it's coming from George King, and writes for the NY Post. And as we are all aware they've been known to lie and mislead at times. Not only with sports, but with everything they print, so you never know. Hopefully this is another case of NY Post bullshit.