Friday, February 27, 2009

Yanks To Put Cap On Joba's Innings

From Christopher Harris:
The New York Daily News reports that Joba Chamberlain will be on an innings count of around 150 this season. That may be wise, considering Chamberlain only threw 100 1/3 innings in 2008, and missed time late in the season because of a shoulder issue. However, it will put a damper on his fantasy value. For the moment, the Yankees still consider Chamberlain to be exclusively a starter. But there's a chance that, once again, the team could make him a setup man down the stretch if they're worried about overuse.
The other day there was some talk about Joba possibly starting 30 games. This innings cap makes a whole lot more sense. 25 starts at six innings per start, that should be the goal.


Mike B. said...

You know, this "inninng cap" stuff is starting to get to me. What's going on? Is there some sort of congenital thing with his arm or shoulder that might lead to him throwing out his arm/shoulder? How long will they baby him? And why do they have to do it? Or is he simply the "new breed of pitcher" who must be limited to x amount of pitches or innings forever?

I admit I just don't understand it. Bu that's just me....


Greg Cohen said...

Pitchers are more prone to an injury when they have too much of an increase in innings from one year to the next. At least that's what doctors/trainers/coaches say.
And this isn't just with the Yankees or Joba, it's going on throughout baseball.