Joba Chamberlain threw back-to-back outings this week which means that he’s pretty much done with his rehab. Before he’s completely done and activated though the Yankees want to see him pitch in person so he will head to the Bronx on Friday and throw a bullpen session.
If all goes well it’s hard to imagine he won’t be activated as soon as Saturday and as late as Monday.
“We do feel like he’s getting to where he needs to get,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. “I’m not saying that this is going to end his rehab, but we do feel like he’s making significant progress. Today is a pretty big step for him.”
Girardi added that velocity, Joba has been throwing as high as 100 mph in rehab games, and health are not the only determining factors regarding his activation. They also want to see if he has his command and movement on his pitches before activating him. If they didn’t think he was 100 percent ready, he’d likely pitch one or two more times at Double-A or Triple-A, but expect him to be activated no later than Monday.