Yankees place Joba Chamberlain on DL with oblique strain


3:38pm: Brian Cashman confirmed Joba suffered the injury warming up on Tuesday. He called it a “mild” strain, for what it’s worth. A decision has not been made about who will be called up, but it definitely will not be Clay Rapada or Chien-Ming Wang according to the GM. Rapada can be called back up to the big leagues starting tomorrow.

2:44pm: The Yankees have placed right-hander Joba Chamberlain on the 15-day DL with a right oblique strain, the team announced. The DL stint is retroactive to April 28th, so he is eligible to return in a week and four days. Obliques are tricky though, he could easily be out longer. David Robertson missed a month with an oblique issue last year, for example.

Joba, 27, warmed up on Tuesday but did not appear in the game, as our Bullpen Workload page shows. I guess that’s when it happened. He pitched in three straight games last weekend and there was no indication he was hurt. No word on who will take his place on the roster just yet, but Cody Eppley seems like a safe bet. Joba has pitched pretty well this year (3.86 ERA and 3.45 FIP), especially of late. Shawn Kelley seems likely to assume seventh inning duties along with Boone Logan.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Cy Pettitte says:

    this is unreal, injuries just keep piling up. Wish they could get Montgomery up for a few weeks though if Joba is on the DL but he’s not on the 40 man so I guess that’s not happening.

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I’ll say it, and then we can forget I ever said it:

    Phelps to bullpen. Wang to rotation.

    There. Forget I said it.

    Screw Eppley. Now’s also the time for Montgomery.

    • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod says:

      I will never forget you said that! (FWIW I want to see it too)

      Agreed on Montgomery. Eppley is about as replaceable as it gets.

    • The Troll Monger aka A Scheister aka Mickey aka Lyle Overbay's Herpes aka Scurvy says:

      Nun-O…Nuno to the fantasic five and Phelps to the 8th. Warren/Kelley for mop-up/extra innings. If Phelps is so bad the second time through the order and great the first go-round, seems like a good fit. Nuno being the next older style Pettitte this would maximize the current players on the roster. If Nuno was ineffective and Wang sets the world on fire over the next 30 days, before the opt out, you send down Nuno for Wang. I’m sure Giradi calls up Eppley for Joba, puke.

    • trr says:

      Big YES for Monty;

      Wang, not so much, but it’s something to consider

  3. 28 this year says:

    This has to be a joke.

  4. Pat D says:

    Alright, that’s it. I’m thinking of starting a pool to guess the date when each and every member of the roster hits the DL this year. Because at this point it’s pretty obvious they’re all gonna spend their 15 days (at least).

    So who’s next? Obvious candidates are Hafner, Pettitte, Robertson, Rivera, Sabathia and……Wells, I guess.

  5. CountryClub says:

    I have a freind who swears all these injuries are because of the “Curse of Kevin Youkilis”.

    BTW, I dont buy in…but kind of funny.

  6. Shep says:

    Ugh. I think we have seen enough of Kelley and Eppley. Time to start grooming Montgomery. I know there is a 40 man issue. Kelley in the 7th isnot exactly comforting.

  7. jjyank says:

    Well that’s a bummer. I’d love to see Montgomery here.

  8. TomH says:

    Shawn Kelley seems likely to assume seventh inning duties along with Boone Logan.


  9. Cool Lester Smooth says:

    God Dammit, Joba!

  10. 28 this year says:

    You got to call up Montgomery at some point. You need a guy that can dominate like Joba or the bullpen is really short. Montgomery is the only guy the Yankees have with that type of potential that can legitimately make the majors right now.

  11. JW says:

    Ugh, I’m resigned to Eppley, but he really stinks. Hasn’t even pitched well in Scranton this year. Would much rather see Monty, who has. Not to mention he’s the future, etc. Seriously, bullpen depth is incredibly easy to find — no loss if they DFA Eppley for the 40-man slot.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

      They could just as easily put Tex on the 60-day DL if they insist on keeping Eppley.
      The 40-man concern may be more long term though if they don’t think Monty will stick in the majors now when Joba returns. They’re eventually going to need to find a bunch of slots as injured players return – potentially needing spots for Jeter, Cervelli, Cabral, Pineda, and ARod. Having Monty in AAA and on the 40-man roster will make that more difficult later on. Of course, that wouldn’t be an issue if he came up to stay.

  12. Monterowasdinero says:

    You mean the Tommy John-surgeried, trampoline-jumping, overweight pitcher with poor mechanics is going on the DL?


    Hey he made it through April….

  13. Tony says:

    Another one bites the dust.

  14. Need Pitching & Hitting (but mostly hitting) says:

    “Cashman says Mark Montgomery, Preston Claiborne, Sam Demel are candidates to replace Joba in the short term (Clay Rapada is not)”

    Please be Monty.

  15. And in merrie olde England says:

    Is there $100m on the DL yet?

    • gageagainstthemachine says:

      I believe that was easily eclipsed when the “Great and Powerful Youk” went down. I could be wrong…

      • And in merrie olde England says:

        From memory:

        $18m Jeter
        $27m A-Rod
        $25m Teix
        $15m Granderson
        $13m Youk

        I’m a bit sketchy on who is getting what beyond that but Joba is worth more than 1/4 of what’s left by my reckoning.

  16. gageagainstthemachine says:

    “Hey! What’s this lying around shit?!?!”

  17. Brain Cashman Bargain Hunter says:

    Well some Really good news today

    Andrew Marchand ?@AndrewMarchand 20m

    Pineda showing good signs. Cashman said velo was 93-94.

    Velo: Cashman on Pineda, “He pitched at 93 and was up to 95. A good physical day.”

  18. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Waiting on Rapada makes sense, as you don’t want to risk him to waivers again if you don’t feel you have a true spot for him yet.

    At some point, the Phelps/Warren/Kelley back-end is going to look quite different, and you figure that Monty, Rapada, and maybe even Cabral are going to have a shot at one or more of those slots.

    • Roadgeek Adam says:

      Cashman said in the article that Montgomery, Claiborne or Demel are options for the spot. I support the former two, not so high on the Demel choice.

  19. qwerty says:

    Mo should be more humble in the presence of greatness.

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