Joba Chamberlain seems poised to head back to the Bronx in about two weeks, but just in case he suffers a setback, the Yankees are monitoring the reliever market, according to George King of the NY Post.
All you have to do is look at David Aardsma, heck you can even look at Brett Gardner, and realize that just because a player is rehabbing doesn’t mean he’s back yet so the Yankees are just covering their bases.
Joba does have an edge over Aardsma though. Both are coming off Tommy John Surgery, but because of the ankle injury Joba suffered in spring training he has actually had more time than necessary to recover from elbow surgery. So he’s a little less likely to suffer a setback. Joba himself has also proven to be a quick healer so there is that too.
Still, the Yankees will keep tabs on what the talks are revolving around the relief market. Don’t expect a trade to go down though unless there is a problem with Joba.