Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain, who is recovering from both Tommy John Surgery and an open dislocation in his ankle, has had his walking boot taken off and is playing catch and working out, he said on Twitter.
It still seems unlikely that Joba will pitch at all this season, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman has said that it’s possible (RAB). If he hadn’t injured his ankle on a trampoline he would probably be about a month away from a return. He has been throwing since the ankle injury so maybe that injury stops being a concern soon. It’s hard to tell. It’s still wait and see with Joba.
With Rivera out, anything the Yankees could get from Joba would be huge this season. If he starts making real progress by the July trade deadline then perhaps the Yankees will stay out of the reliever trade market, a big deal considering trading for relievers almost always means overpaying.