Joba throws for first time since elbow surgery

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Via the man himself, Joba Chamberlain played catch today for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in mid-June. Mike Dodd’s classic TJS rehab article says that players typically begin throwing about 16 weeks after surgery, and my unofficial count has Joba at 14 weeks out, so close enough. Dodd’s article is eight years old, remember. Good news obviously, I’m looking forward to seeing Joba back in the rotation bullpen next season.

If you have ESPN Insider, I recommend Keith Law’s recent piece on TJS. He spoke to doctors and players about the operation itself and the rehab process. Very interesting stuff.

Game 154: Time to take care of business
Yankees clinch playoff berth with win over Rays
  • MannyGeee

    I would rather have Joba playing catch on the post season roster than AJ in any capacity.


  • Urban

    The Law article was excellent. They seem to have expanded his scope or writing responsibilities of late beyond prospects. His last three articles, this being one of them, are all worth reading.

  • Monteroisdinero

    I hope he’s running and doing lots of triceps extensions-away from food on the table.

  • Urban

    There might be a positive out of Joba’s TJS. It’s not uncommon for some pitchers to come back with additional velocity, sometimes because the pitchers arm was partially injured before the full tear, and in many cases because the extensive training program to return from TJ includes heavy body core, arm and *shoulder* strengthening exercises at a level most pitchers have not encountered.

    Since we know Joba suffered some form of a shoulder injury back in late 2008 that robbed him of several miles off his fastball, perhaps the TJ regimen will help him gain some of it back.

    It’ll be interesting.

    • Marcus

      Does KLaw’s article say anything about the increased velocity? I remember Tom Gordon saying that he had some additional mphs after TJS, but I’m interested to hear if that is typical or the exception.

      • Urban

        Klaw’s article does address increased velocity that is seen in some cases. His explanation is exactly what I mentioned above. (It’s where I read it.) The pitcher might have had a damaged wing before the full TJ was diagnosed, so his velocity was reduced and then returned to “normal” after the repairs; and the increased body core and shoulder strengthening exercises led to more velocity.

        It’s not something I’d expect, but it wouldn’t be shocking if Joba came back with some additional velo. One thing we do know if Joba was pitching for several weeks with a full tear. Most pitchers could never do that. Maybe he had a partial tear for a while. More importantly, Joba doesn’t strike me as a physical fitness machine (I’m being kind). He should be doing shoulder strengthening excercises of the type and level he’s never done before, so just maybe…

        • Urban

          One addition. I’m not sure if he addressed that in the article, or in the comments section answering a fan’s question.

    • B-Rando

      I’m by no means an expert, but from the articles I’ve read it has much more to do with the conditioning program than restoring the elbow ligament. For most pitchers, its the most intense and specific workout regiment they have done, and often results in a better performance stuff wise.

  • Jesse

    I wish they’d try to bring him back as a starter.

    • The Big City of Dreams

      So do I but he’s a reliever from here on out unfortunately. It’s messed up he never got a full shot.