Joba’s shoulder still bothering him?

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Just caught this over at Baseball Think Factory. While many assumed that Joe Girardi pulled Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning of Sunday’s early game because he was trying to protect Mike Mussina’s 20th win, that might not be the whole truth. “Several people” said that Joba admitted his shoulder felt tight. This, of course, comes with the “anonymous source” caveat. One scout speculated that a tight shoulder could have been the reason for Joba’s diminished velocity in September, as well as the reason for his throwing more sliders.

Thankfully, Joba won’t be pitching again until mid-February, so if this is an issue he has plenty of time to deal with it. This winter should be all about conditioning and building strength in that shoulder. Hopefully, Joba can get to the point where he can become a full-time starter in 2009.

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  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Why do I feel my breakfast rising in my neck…?

  • http://evizions.com eVizions

    If Joba wakes up with a kink in his neck from sleeping the wrong way, it’s going to make headlines. Let’s leave the kid alone until Spring Training.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    This is getting a little ridiculous. Every time the kid feels a little tight or some soreness, it’s going to be front-page, the Yankees’ front office is full of idiots fodder. Mo pitched the entire year with the bum shoulder for chrissakes.

    • Ivan

      Agreed. Leave the fucking guy alone. He’s a pitcher, he suppose to feel some tweaks and stuff, that doesn’t mean his entire right arm is gonna come off.

  • Yank Crank 20

    Good thing the Jorge Posada Centerstage wasn’t filmed after this bit of news. I can hear it now…”His arm can’t withstand 65 appearances out of the bullpen, he’d be better suited as a game announcer.”

    • Ivan

      LOL.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      I was just thinking that. Let’s move him to First Base.

  • Bo

    Another great move in a season of great moves from the Yankees. Letting this kid pitch with a bad shoulder when they were out of it.

    Almost as good as letting Mo pitch Sun when he needs shoulder surgery. That carried no risk right??

    • http://evizions.com eVizions

      I don’t think he had any shoulder problems until he pitched. And let’s not get ahead of ourselves and say he has a “bad shoulder”. He had some shoulder tightness. This happens all the time and guys pitch through it. The only reason it’s even an issue is because it’s Joba and the Yankees have been babying him.

    • steve (different one)

      Almost as good as letting Mo pitch Sun when he needs shoulder surgery. That carried no risk right??

      yeah, you have no idea what you are talking about.

  • Ivan

    Seriously I hope this story of Joba or debate or whatever goes the fuck away. It’s fucking annoying. I hope in the year 2010, this shit is a non-issue.

  • Count Zero

    And Abraham wonders why the Yankees don’t come clean on injury reports…

    See here’s why Abraham and his pals are pissed — because even the hint of a rumor that somebody overheard someone else saying that Joba had an ass cramp after he ate four Burrito Supremes after a night out with some friends can be turned into a 500 word dissertation on how the Yankees organization has mishandled something.

    When Joe G. doesn’t give them any info, they are forced to come up with story ideas on their own. And since very few of them ever had an original idea in their lives (that’s why they went into Journalism instead of Creative Writing), they actually have to strain their brains while chowing down on the free food. ;-P

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Man, after four Burrito Supremes, you’d be wishing for an ass cramp.

      Usually, in that scenario, your ass doesn’t cramp enough, if you know what I mean…

      • Count Zero

        Burrito Supremes — they’re a lot better than an enema!