Joba strikes out two in latest minor league rehab appearance

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Yanks designate Darnell McDonald for assignment, activate CC Sabathia

4:07pm: Via Erik Boland, Joba apparently hit 98 this morning. He’ll throw two innings for High-A Tampa on Friday.

1:30pm: In his third minor league rehab game, right-hander Joba Chamberlain struck out two batters in a perfect inning. The other out came on a ground ball and for once there was no error made behind him. Joba has not allowed a hit or a walk in four rehab innings so far. No word on the pitch count or velocity, but I suspect we’ll hear about it at some point today. There’s a decent chance Chamberlain will be make his next appearance at a higher level, perhaps High-A Tampa.

In other news, Eduardo Nunez played shortstop in the same game, his first game action since going down with a thumb injury back in May. He played three innings in the field, handled one ground ball without incident, and grounded out to first in his only at-bat. He probably won’t need much more than a week of rehab games before rejoining Triple-A Empire State.

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  • DERP

    If there are no setbacks, any chance he is back in NY before the full 30 days?

    • yooboo

      What’s the hurry?

      Lets beat the bullpen until the clock is up. Fresh arm replaces worn out arm.

      • Dave M

        Glad you’re not my boss :-)

      • RetroRob

        It seems to me that Girardi’s approach to bullpen management is to not beat up arms and keep them all fresh. Once those arms go over the edge they usually don’t come back.

        That said, I do agree they shouldn’t rush Joba. Not sure who gets cut on his return. Maybe DJ Mitchell, although he serves as the long man…the never used long man.

        • JonS

          Qualls is dfa’d.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Well, he’ll probably need all that time in order to get properly stretched out…

      • Deep Thoughts

        I love it.

    • forensic

      Cashman and Girardi have both said if all goes well he won’t need the full time. And that’s pretty rare for them to admit.

      The sooner the better.

      The Yankees go to Oakland and Seattle for 7 games after this series. Really how much different would facing them be for him vs facing real minor league offenses?

  • Mike Myers

    “handled one ground ball without incident”

    gotta love that thats important news.

    • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

      After handling the ground ball without incident he threw it into the stands behind 1B…

      How are we so dominant with so many injuries? Just an amazing turnaround from early May.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Switch to “handled one playdate without incident” and I’ll feel better.

  • Gonzo

    Does Joba have to buy the guys dinner up the ladder or is his contract not big enough?

    • Dropped Third

      He assumes that role till pettitte arives

      • forensic

        And before joba it was aardsma. Those kids have been eating well for awhile this year.

    • RetroRob

      I doubt he’s buying dinner every night for the club house(s) when he’s down there for 30 days. Maybe when he pops up to each level he does it once. I’m sure there’s some unwritten rule here. Some one get Dallas Braden on the line for an update.

      • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

        I laughed.

  • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

    Why does this surprise anyone. It’s obvious this guy is some sort of cyborg anyway. I’m surprised he doesn’t have a Terminator-like eye that scopes the strike zone and gives a running tally of wind conditions and hitter swing probabilities.

    • Jim Is Bored

      Should have implemented a midge killer while they were building him.

      • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

        I lol’ed.

      • MannyGeee

        shit, you beat me to it.

  • newguy

    Can’t wait for Joba. He looked so good before going down last year.

  • vin

    “handled one ground ball without incident”

    Video or it didn’t happen.

  • The Scheister of Doom

    Joba will serve as the 3rd starter/closer starting next year keeping the entire fan base happy, the only games he can’t close? His starts, but they’ll be CG SO’s anyways.

  • Deep Thoughts

    While we’re re-engineering everyone’s game during rehab assignments, let’s get Nunie back in the corner OF spots.

  • MannyGeee

    “The other out came on a ground ball and for once there was no error made behind him.”

    “In other news, Eduardo Nunez played shortstop in the same game…”

    wow. Joba has a minor league rehab game without an error behind him while Nunez is playing defensively.

    This might be a sign of zombie apocoloypse….

  • RetroRob

    No errors behind Joba even with Nunez in the field? Impossible!

    • JonS

      Just one game. Give it time. lol

  • Karl Krawfid

    He hit 98 on the gun today.

    • RetroRob

      98 is better than any pitch from 2011.

      Stretch him out!

      Kidding, I think. Great sign, though, especially since he’s basically in spring training now.

  • DM

    Hmmm… Nunez proving health just as we near the trade deadline.

  • Eddard

    This is very good news. We need Jobber for a reliable RH in the 6th and 7th innings. We don’t trust Eppley in the postseason. Qualls is trash so Joba is very important to our WS goal.

    • RetroRob

      Agreed. The idea of a healthy Joba paired up with D-Rob behind Soriano, and the sidearming lefty-righty pair of Rapada and Eppley sounds great. Not even touching on the possibility of Aardsma and Mo.

  • jjyank

    Joba = cyborg

  • Alkaline

    Minus the twisted and evil, of course…….

  • Mike HC

    Can’t wait to get our 6th inning guy back!

    ha, but seriously, definitely excited to see him pitch again. Still wish he would start.

  • BK2ATL

    Wait does he become the 6th inning guy or the 7th, with Logan/Eppley/Rapada bumped up to the 6th?????

    Man, I’m so excited about this news……:)

    I swear….

    • Mike HC

      I was thinking optimistically that Mo would be back by September/Playoffs, so Joba would ultimately be the 6th inning guy. But if you put Logan above him, he will be our 5th inning guy!

  • noseeum

    98 is nuts. If he comes back dominant, this will be huge for the playoffs. And imagine they had Mo? That would be four relievers with legit closer talent. Nuts. I doubt Mo will make it back, but a guy can dream.

  • yankeegm

    Unless I’m reading the data wrong, Joba didn’t hit 98 in ANY appearance last year.

    You have to start believing that his drop in velo was elbow related. He must have been pitching hurt for a while.

    That being said, and please don’t stone me for saying this, but Joba HAS to be given a chance to start again. For his career as a starter, Joba is 12-7 with a 4.18 era in 43 starts with a 8.4 k/9 and 2.04 k/BB. 43 starts is about a year and a half worth of data….nowhere near a true shot to succeed.

    While it seems he’s been around forever, we need to remember that he’s only 26, and never been given a true opportunity to be starter. Considering his velo drop (and meh performance) most likely was caused by undiagnosed elbow issues, we are evaluating his performance at 85% or less health.


  • rl1856

    From the start of 2010 until he was placed on the DL in late spring 2011, his velocity had slowly risen from the low 90s to the mid 90s. It took him awhile to fully recover from his late 08 shoulder injury. I think his ankle injury was a blessing in disguise for him. While recovering from the ankle injury, he had additional time to rest his elbow and continue to build arm strength. He hit 98 in his 2nd rehab start. I fully expect a triple digit reading when he gets back to the ML. Will he be as good as 07? Don’t know, but he will be excellent.