Joba Chamberlain looks on track for return before this month is over. According to George King of the NY Post, Joba will throw a bullpen session on Monday and then will make relief appearances on back-to-back days, potentially Wednesday and Thursday. As long as he makes it through that fine then it seems as if he could pitch on Saturday.
The Yankees pen has a 3.20 ERA so far this season which is 5th in the American League overall. However, over the last 30 days they have a 4.41 ERA which is 11th in the AL over that time. With Cory Wade demoted due to ineffectiveness and Chad Qualls as bad as expected, Joba would obviously be a big lift for the Yankees in the pen.
It sounds like the time off has been good for Joba as well. He’s been consistently in the mid to upper 90′s with his fastball and even hit 100 mph in a recent appearance. It’ll be good to have him back.
Joba has been out since last season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. It was initially thought that he could be back much sooner than this, perhaps even by May, but he suffered an open dislocation in his ankle while on a trampoline which caused the setback.