Joba Chamberlain took a significant step toward his return this morning by throwing 16 pitches off a mound for the first time since Tommy John Surgery this morning.
“Everything went great,” Chamberlain told Chad Jennings of the Journal News afterward. “It looks like it’s a long ways away I can tell you that much. But it’s a great feeling. It’s great to just be able to get up there and trust my arm, and trust the work I’ve put in to this point. Just to let it go, it’s free and easy. And there’s really minimal effort to get it over there. It was just nice to be able to get on there and get this new chapter started and start the process from here and move on.”
Joba’s rehab seems to be going at a frantic pace and this is the last big step besides him actually throwing breaking stuff. Brian Cashman has talked about the need to hold Joba back a little bit. A mid-May return seems like a best case scenario.