Joba Chamberlain is on the rehab trail from Tommy John Surgery and has been tweeting a lot of positive updates as he goes through all of the steps. Listening to him and it sounds like he expects to be be back in April or May.
However, Brian Cashman told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that they will not rush him back too quickly.
“For all of our sakes, we just have to be careful for him and for us,” Cashman said. “It was a huge loss when we lost him last year and it will be a huge gain when we get him this year. We just have to make sure that when we get him back, he is here to stay.”
“If you want to have a scale from 1-to-10 with 10 being the best with someone fully committed to doing the rehab and not cutting any corners and doing everything done that he needs to do, he checked off at the highest level of that scale,” Cashman said. “That still doesn’t erase the typical time-frame of this surgery.”
Besides just being careful with his arm coming off surgery, the Yankees don’t need to rush Joba back because their bullpen is expected to be strong even without him this year. Mariano Rivera will be back along with David Robertson, Rafael Soriano, Cory Wade, Boone Logan and could even have Phil Hughes too.