Torre: Joba a possibility in the pen


Could Joba Chamberlain‘s impending AAA stint simply be a tune-up for a Bronx appearance? The Daily News today has a notebook piece on some future plans for the Yanks’ young pitching stud. Brian Cashman and Joe Torre both seem to think that Chamberlain could make an impact in the Yanks’ beleaguered pen sooner rather than later. Yankee concerns over Joba’s health and trade deadline moves by the Yanks will probably be the deciding factors here.

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  1. ShawnT says:

    Aslong as it doesn’t turn out to be another Edwar situation where he sits on the bench id be ok with it if its temporary. Joba still has health problems???

  2. Ben K. says:

    As far as I know, Joba doesn’t still have health problems, but the Yanks are attempting to monitor him closely to make sure the problems that plagued him at Nebraska don’t pop up again.

  3. Gibb says:

    Pete Abe is reporting that Giambi is starting a rehab assignment. Do you think Duncan will be sent back down? Henn? Any chance that Giambi could just be a lefty power bat of the bench or is his large contract going to mandate that he DH, putting Damon in CF and Melky on the bench?

  4. John says:

    His .400 OBP will mandate that he DH, with Damon shifting between 1B/LF/CF/bench.

  5. dan says:

    when giambi comes back, melky will probably sit. as sad as that sounds, its probably whats gonna have to happen because you cant put damon or giambi on the bench because of their salaries. they will probably go to the rotation they began the season with, except with phillips playing the combined role of minky/phelps. giambi could occasionally play first, and melky will spell all 3 outfield spots, with guys getting plenty of rest. with giami coming back, i dont think a trade for even someone like betemit will happen. the only possible changes will be to the bullpen

  6. Zack says:

    Giambi returning, much like last season, will probably hurt the Yanks in the short term. Only he will be returning earlier than Sheff…

    On the topic of the thread though, I shudder to think what Torre will do to Joba’s arm and development. he’ll either rot in the BP and therefore be thrown off, or he’ll pitch until his arm falls off. Neither is good. I hope they keep him in AAA.

    And, on a similar note, why the heck can’t Britton do that? What, did he run over Cashman’s dog or something?

  7. Ben K. says:

    Britton is on the DL these days.

  8. ShawnT says:

    Hey Ben, just wanted to say your doin a great job while Joe and Mike are away, thanks for keepin up with DoTf. I hate lookin through bos scores

  9. Patrick says:

    I know it’s a little crazy, but ignoring the fact that Britton and the other guys are available to be called up (I mean, come on, Cash and Torre ignore this all the time), any thoughts on Rich Garces? It would be interesting to have El Guapo come pitch for the Yanks. He’s not doing bad for Nashua. Read an interesting interview with him over at bostondirtdogs.com and he said he wouldn’t have a problem. Just interesting, that’s all.

  10. Andrew says:

    Oh my god, no.

  11. NYFan50 says:

    Joba is DEALING in his AAA debut. 9 strikeouts in 4 innings, 0 runs.

  12. Yankee Fan in Chicago says:

    If I’m in the Yankee clubhouse, I’m taping Joba’s stats to Farnsworth’s locker after every start.

  13. NYFan50 says:

    Now 10Ks in 5 scoreless innings.

  14. A says:

    from the article: Brian Cashman, who did not return a phone call, is apparently intrigued by the idea of using the hard-throwing righty starter in relief, but there are some above him in the organization who are cool to the idea, not wanting to mess with Chamberlain’s health by switching up his routine at this point in the season.

    I wonder, is that italicized bit just a slip, or does it mean Cash really isn’t in full control?

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