Joba pops blood vessel in thumb

Game 30 Spillover Thread II
Melky leads Charleston to victory with another homer

While many of us grew frustrated at the lack of Alfredo Aceves tonight, after the game Joe Girardi revealed his rationale. Turns out that Joba Chamberlain popped a blood vessel in his thumb, and his start tomorrow is in question. Given how the Yankees have treated Joba with kid gloves, I wouldn’t expect to see him starting the game, despite Girardi’s claims that the trainers think he’ll be fine. It’s not like we haven’t heard them say something one day and go back on it the next. Then again, that could be pessimism running over from tonight’s loss.

Game 30 Spillover Thread II
Melky leads Charleston to victory with another homer
  • A.D.

    Talk about a random injury

  • ARX

    OK, I’ll bite. Is this a cause for long-term concern? or “oh well, he missed one start” and forgotten by June?

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

      Nah. Just a freak thing, shit happens.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    He should have been using a western grip. Safer.

    • FL Yank

      I honestly can’t tell if that’s supposed to be a tennis reference or a self-pleasuring reference. Either way, kudos.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Tennis?

        • FL Yank

          *Here comes the chance for multiple dirty puns and double entendre”

          How one grips the shaft of the racket when playing tennis. The one’s I can name off the top of my head are Continental, Eastern, Semi-Western and Western.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Self pleasuring.

        If you didn’t see Will Ferrell’s “You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night With George W. Bush”, I highly recommend it. He drops in a line about Bush and some dude that he met while doing drugs at Yale giving each other “western grip handjobs”.

  • A.D.

    Anyone know the time frame on this being healthy? I assume a few days?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    So will Burnett pitch tomorrow if Joba doesn’t start?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Aunt Becca-Optimist Prime

      No, Aceves.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        “Ace” in Girardi-lingo.

    • bizarrojamie

      If AJ doesn’t pitch on Tuesday there will be a lot of upset Canadians. The sports channel up here has been pimping the Tuesday pitching match up like crazy.

      Student vs Teacher
      Facing his former mentor
      and on and on.

      However, I had wondered the same thing given the off day Monday.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Pissing off Canada is an incentive for me, not a disincentive.

  • Accent Shallow

    As nice as a sweep would have been, as long as the Yankees can take 2 of 3 in most series, they’ll be in great shape. Aceves instead of Joba certainly complicates that a bit.

  • eric

    how bad is popping a blood vessel? can’t be too serious if pitching might be an option, right?

    • FL Yank

      Isn’t popping a blood vessel just a bruise?

      • Nick L

        same result i think, discoloration

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    Son of a BITCH!

    I twisted my eyeball watching the post game. I think I might be out for tomorrow’s game.

    If I can’t watch, MikePop said he’d fill in for me.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      If I can’t watch, MikePop said he’d fill in for me.

      Fuck! Kroger’s in? That’s a loss.

    • http://bronxbaseballdaily.baby-bombers.com/ Matt ACTY/BBD

      You trust that incompetent jackass great guy? Good for you.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    So, can we stop with the bashing and criticizing of Joe Girardi until at least after the post-game conference now?

    It’s kinda screwed how everyone was praising his bullpen management last season but now everyone can’t wait to jump on him on a move they disagree with. If you praised him last season then have trust in his judgment this season.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Let me rephrase that: I’m not saying you can’t criticize or question his moves, but he damn sure deserves the benefit of the doubt based on his performance in 2008.

      • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

        Here’s a good rule. If you want to criticize, fine. But provide an alternative.

        You’ll quickly find out he doesnt have any really good options right now.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      I still have to wonder about not going to Brett “can go 45 pitches” Tomko until the last inning of the game.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I’m still not understanding why it’s even an issue when you use Edwar Ramirez and when you use Brett Tomko. Is there really a negligible difference when the long man is used before the middle reliever in a blowout game?

        • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

          +1.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            I’ll make an argument FOR Edwar and Albie over Tomko:

            In a blowout loss, Girardi may as well pitch the guys who are struggling but whom he’s more likely to depend on later, to give them a pressure-free opportunity to straighten themselves out / sink or swim. It worked well here (Edwar showed more struggles and will probably be counted on less, Albie pitched fairly well and may be rounding back into form.) Throwing Tomko doesn’t really help much, since there’s a smaller chance he plays a vital role going forward.

            As you recall, Farnsworth started slow last year, but Girardi kept giving him chances to right himself, and he eventually did.

            • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

              Thank you. And also, people always say that the long man is the worst pitcher on the staff, so what’s really the point of arguing for getting him in a game over your middle guys?

              As inconsistent as Edwar has been, he’s still a much, much, much fucking better option than Brett Tomko (and I’ll even argue Alfredo Aceves).

              • thurdonpaul

                the long man is usually the worst pitcher on the staff, but how about when ramiro mendoza was in his prime, he could be counted on to come in and hold the opposing team for several innings

                • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  The more I look at what Ramiro Mendoza did, the more I consider him a once in a generation freak of nature.

                  He had a rubber arm and pitched amazingly well in crazy situations. Probably the most underrated/unappreciated guy from the title years.

                  Calling him a “longman” is selling him short. He was a true hybrid starter/reliever.

                • A.D.

                  He was more of a damn good pitcher that had the ability to either be a starter or a reliever

    • Evan

      True. There have been a few times where I wondered about a move then I end up sounding like a doofus due to reasonable rationale.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        I am guilty of that as well.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    I’m still disappointed that Hughes shit the bed and Joba’s missing his start.

    So, to cheer myself up, I’m Google Image Searching more pictures of Zoe Saldana.

    Here you go: http://www.kino-govno.com/imgdb/a_zoe_saldana_big.jpg

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Jose Contreras was moved to the bullpen; hah!

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

      Ozzie Guillen is a B-Jobber.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Jose Contreras has a “mouse in a chinashop” mentality.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=15305165&ref=profile Doug

          He’ll just shit all over the place, leaving tiny, tiny droppings behind.

      • A.D.

        B-Contter?

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Ozzie Guillen is a B-Jobber batshit insane.

        Fixed.

        (although, you have to agree with pulling Contreras from the rotation, he’s been a traveshamockery of Wangian/Perezian proportions. 56 baserunners in 29 innings is epic fail.)

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

          I feel kind of embarrassed to like a phrase that originated on a TV commercial.

  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ The Artist

    You know, you could probably launch exploding artillery shells into Yankee stadium and have less players get injured.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Cashman should have gotten more injury-proof players.

      This front office is an embarrassment.

    • thurdonpaul

      ietc

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Also, I find it endlessly amusing how Peter Abraham just assumes that every pitcher in the Yankees’ bullpen not named Edwar Ramirez would have thrown up zeroes on the board in this game.

    That is what you call Grade-A horseshit.

  • http://eastrutherfordrant.com donttradecano

    So i guess that means i wont see my first Joba start live on May 21st. Great.

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Good news: The Yankees just signed Yao Ming to help fill out the bullpen.

    OH CRAP NEVERMIND

  • Drew

    Put a leech on that shit and, discoloration = gone.