Saturday, July 21, 2012

Joba could be back before the end of the month

From George A. King III:
Chamberlain, whose 30-day rehab assignment expires Aug. 8, made his fourth outing Friday night in Bradenton, Fla.

In two innings for Single-A Tampa, he gave up a run, two hits, fanned one and walked one.

According to Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Chamberlain’s fastball was clocked in the mid-90s.

The plan is for Chamberlain to throw a bullpen session Monday. The next test will have Chamberlain throw in back-to-back games. If he comes through that exercise with no problems, he could come off the disabled list before the end of July.
I'm sure the Yankees will be very cautious with Joba, so this might be pushing it a bit. But whether he returns at the end of July or early August, the Yankees specialist-filled relief core could use a guy like Joba so whenever he gets back it will be a welcomed sight.

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