It’s been all good news for Joba Chamberlain lately and here’s some more. He threw a couple of bullpen sessions last week and faced live hitters for the first time on Monday since Tommy John Surgery last season.
“It felt good just to get out there,” Chamberlain told Mark Didtler of Newsday. “Get a feel for the [strike] zone. Where guys are standing. It’s good to get their reaction. You’re able to correct things when you see what you missed.”
“I couldn’t ask for anything better as far as how my arm feels and everything up to this point,” Chamberlain said.
Joba is not only overcoming elbow surgery from an injury that occurred last July, but he also suffered an open dislocation in his ankle during spring training. He was expected back from the first injury in June this year, but because the ankle injury put into question his entire season. It turns out that while Joba might be too bright, he is one heck of a healer. My guess is he is still about six weeks away.
Joba has a career 3.70 ERA, 121 ERA+, 9.1 K/9, and 3.5 BB/9 over 382 innings and parts of five seasons.