According to Brian Cashman, Joba is hitting the DL with rotator cuff tendinitis. The Yanks’ youngster will sit for the next week in New York before beginning a throwing problem designed to strengthen the sore muscles in his arm. While there is no time table for his return, this diagnosis means Joba will be out for much of the remainder of the season.
This is, by and large, the best-case scenario. The Yanks don’t see any need for Joba to go under the knife, and they believe that rest coupled with a throwing program could be enough to bring the righty back to the mound before too long. However, there are a few warning signs, As Tyler Kepner notes, tendinitis could be symptomatic of a more serious injury as was the case when Jorge Posada faced a rotator cuff diagnosis in May. Coupled with yesterday’s quotes from Harlan Chamberlain, I’m optimistic but cautiously so concerning Joba. We may not see him again this year, but it seems as though things are far from dire.