Joba Chamberlain‘s first appearance back from Tommy John Surgery didn’t go well. He gave up two runs and topped out at 93 mph as he looked very ordinary out there. It was enough to question whether the extremely promising reports from his rehab were exaggerated or not.
On Monday, he went back out to the mound and while there is still room for improvement, he was like a totally different pitcher out there. His stuff had more movement, he topped out at 97.4 mph according to Brooks Baseball, and the results were significantly better.
“Just being able to go out there and throw — really, that was the biggest thing,” Chamberlain told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. “All the emotions are gone and now it’s back to work.”
That’s really what it’s all about right now for Joba. He’s spent such a long time on the DL that it is natural that he won’t be his typical self out on the mound. Hopefully over the next two months he can find that comfort zone and really get back to the person he was, or better yet, be even better than he was before the injury.
It’s going to take some time though. For the next couple of weeks we really won’t see the full potential of Joba. He’s going to have to keep going out there and getting a little more comfortable with himself each time out there.