Joba Chamberlain— who expected to pitch his final rehab game in a Double-A Trenton game before returning to the Yankees— suddenly found himself being called up to the New York bullpen instead on Tuesday.
The Yankees' righthander— who was rehabbing from June 2011 Tommy John surgery when he broke his ankle in a freak trampoline accident during spring training this March— made his first appearance on the mound in Yankee Stadium in over 14 months.
Like a swarm of Cleveland midges, those things circling inside Chamberlain's head could have been the collective doubts that the one-time starter would return this year or ever even pitch again.
On Wednesday afternoon, Chamberlain— who vowed to return this season— silenced the skeptics and pitched 1-1/3 innings against the Baltimore Orioles to fulfill his promise, if not his potential.
Bolstered by a good outing by starter Phil Hughes (11-8) and an 11-1 lead, manager Joe Girardi saw the perfect opportunity to acclimate his comeback kid with the major leagues again. He called for Chamberlain from the bullpen in the seventh inning. The big rightie got a nice hand from the rain-soaked crowd but wasn't at the top of his game. The kinks showed and he promptly gave up a home run before allowing four more hits over the five-out stint.
Joba threw 28 rusty pitches with a lot of breaking balls in the mix. His once 97 mph fastball hovered around the 92-93 mph range.
It was enough to get Chamberlain back into the mix. More importantly, the 12-3 Yankees' win stopped the Orioles from sweeping the Yankees in the Bronx for the first time since 1986, halted a four-game skid and gave them a 6-1/2 game lead over the rising O's in the AL East.
After the game, Girardi had Joba's back. "I expect him to be able to get out righthanded hitters," he said. "He'll continue to improve as time goes on."
Several teams around baseball attempted to pry away bullpen help from opposing teams at the July 31 trade deadline. The Yankees added a star caliber reliever without having to part with any cash or any prospects. Joba Chamberlain made his first appearance Wednesday in nearly 14 months when he returned from Tommy John surgery (June 2011) and an ugly ankle injury sustained in spring...
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The New York Yankees’ Facebook page was hacked on Thursday afternoon and the hacker left a rather hilarious message. As seen above, the message told fans that Derek Jeter would miss the rest of the season to have a sex change operation and that he would be back next season as Minnie Mantlez.
As website owners we obviously frown upon hacking, but if you’re going to break into...
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Ichiro Suzuki is earning his stripes for the Yankees with excellent plays in the field, including this jumping catch at the wall to rob Baltimore Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds of extra bases on Wednesday.
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In need of infield reinforcement with Alex Rodriguez sidelined due to a broken left hand and Mark Teixeira nursing a sore left wrist, the New York Yankees acquired Casey McGehee from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for reliever Chad Qualls. The Yankees will replace Qualls in the bullpen by recalling Joba Chamberlain from his rehab assignment, general manager Brian Cashman said...
What started out as supposedly an isolated hacking of the New York Yankees Facebook page quickly turned into a not so isolated hacking of multiple MLB team’s Facebook pages.
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NEW YORK -- The Yankee Stadium crowd grew quiet as the night went on, save for the occasional boos. The New York Yankees had started the game flexing their muscles as they had all year, pounding the Baltimore Orioles for five runs in the first. The Yankees appeared poised to end their three-game losing streak and humble the second-place Orioles with a familiar display of their...
The Yankees obtained third baseman Casey McGehee from Pittsburgh for reliever Chad Qualls on Tuesday, giving them a right-handed batter to plug in while Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira recuperate from hand injuries.
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