Joba could be activated before end of July

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Via George King, there’s a chance the Yankees will be able to activate Joba Chamberlain off the DL before the end of July. He’s going to throw a bullpen session on Monday and then be tested in back-to-back games. If he comes through that fine, he’ll rejoin the team.

Joba allowed two runs in two innings in his latest minor league rehab outing yesterday, but was again clocked in the mid-90s with his fastball. His 30-day rehab clock expires on August 9th, but it’s not surprising he may be activated sooner just because he’s a reliever and doesn’t need to be stretched out to throw 100+ pitches. Four of the team’s seven relievers right now are specialists and we saw how problematic that can be when Cody Eppley had to face a left-handed batter with the winning run on second last night. If he manages to come back at some point in the next ten days and be even 90% of the guy he was pre-Tommy John surgery, Chamberlain will be enormous help.

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  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    A pen of Soriano, Robertson, Chamberlain and Logan with the LOOGY/ROOGY pair and a long man should be solid.

    • your mom

      The long man better be Garcia, not Phelps.

  • FIn

    I’m happy for Jobba. I love that guy.

    • Bib Fortuna

      Me too.

  • Twains Yankee

    I love Joba but really hope they don’t rush this

  • tyrone sharpton

    Joba is inspirational. Hope he comes back and lights it up in the postseason again after a 6 inning start from Hughes

  • mark

    Starter next year, hopefully.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Not only has that ship sailed, they retired it and placed it on the Intrepid next to the space shuttle.

      • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

        Sadly, this is true. I thought it was next to the Concorde though?

    • Jacob

      *Sigh* never again

    • Dean Winters

      Not going to happen but it should. They are going to need starters next yr anyway. It couldn’t hurt.

      • Laz

        They may or may not depending on how the season finishes up and the winter turns out.
        slot in CC, Nova, Hughes guaranteed.

        Then there is Phelps who could be a canidate for a spot since he has done really good this year in the majors.

        Pineda also may be back.

        And pettitte/Kuroda could be resigned.

        • Dean Winters

          True but Hughes could be used in a package for an outfielder, Kuroda or Andy might not come back, Pineda should be back but I’m hoping he isn’t rushed, etc

  • jjyank

    Joba is a beast. I can’t believe he could actually contribute to the MLB team for two full months after the injuries.

  • your mom

    I don’t know what to expect from Joba but let’s pray he stays healthy.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

    I’d love to see Joba coming running in from the pen for the first time off the DL at home to “wild thing ” ala Ricky Vaughn. The crowd would go bat shit crazy.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Two words: Muliple trampolines.

      On second thought, maybe not….

  • Betty Lizard

    I just want the big lunk back. He is a testament to the power of corn.

  • Kosmo

    it will be great to see Joba back in action but I would really like it if NY picks up another good reliever come the trade deadline. Eppley in the playoffs doesn´t cut it as far as I´m concerned and it would be added insurance in case Joba has a setback or someone else flames out.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I think it’s more not needing the long man type than Eppley. I think you need Eppley in the post-season. Nothing wrong with Eppley when he’s utilized properly and, as we’ve seen with Logan, he could wind up being more than that in the long run. You don’t need the long guy who pitches every ten days or so.

      Joba replaces Qualls. I could see someone else replacing the loser of the Freddy/Phelps battle.

    • Laz

      Eppley has been very good for the yankees as long as used correctly. He is not your best reliever but in the right situation he will get you outs. He isnt the closer, he is a middle relief guy.

  • RetroRob

    What do you mean he doesn’t need to be stretched out? Those are fightin’ words around these parts!

  • DM

    Maybe this info was leaked for trade deadline purposes.

  • Darren

    Trying to have Joba start was one of the stupider moves the Yankees ever made. Joba will be back where he belongs, in the pen, throwing fire.

    There are reasons why Mo, Goose, Ron Davis, Sparky, Billy Wagner, Papelbon and a million other great relievers were ill-suited to start.

    Joba is a grunt and fart guy. Remember that scouting assessment, every time you pine for him to start. Just like the hot crazy chick is not suited to be your wife, but is awesome for booty calls.

    • Dean Winters

      Trying to have Joba start was one of the stupider moves the Yankees ever made.


      No making him a reliever was stupid. They gave the kid unreal expectations to live up to.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Papelbon was ill-suited to start?

      You don’t follow this here baseball thing too much now do you?

      • Darren

        Do you? You realize Papelbon is a closer, right?

        • Laz

          Papelbon had an era in the 2’s in AA and AAA in ’05 before he came up midseason. He became their fulltime closer the next year. If they had stuck him in the rotation there is no reason to believe that he wouldn’t have succeeded.