Yankees consider demoting Joba Chamberlain to the minors

With CC Sabathia set to come off the DL on Friday, the Yankees have to make a roster move and they are considering sending the struggling Joba Chamberlain down to the minors to open up a spot, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.

In seven games since coming off the DL himself, Joba has a 9.45 ERA, he has struckout just 5.4 batters per nine with a BB/9 of 5.4. Hitters have lit him up to the tune of a .455/.513/.697 line against him. Terrible numbers.

The Yankees have other options, but not many. David Phelps could be sent down to the minors for a week until the rosters expand in September. He’s been so good though lately that this doesn’t seem like the best option. They could designate Derek Lowe for assignment, but why waste a good arm like that? The other option could potentially be Cody Eppley, but Joe Girardi seems to like matching him up with Clay Rapada too much.

Sending Joba down over these players seems like the best option. He looks healthy and his velocity is there, but he clearly is not back to 100 percent. This happens with Tommy John Surgery, the body is capable, but it can be hard mentally to trust the elbow and really let it rip. Some time in the minors could help him regain trust in himself and let his natural ability take over.

Expect him to be back early in September though.

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2 Responses to Yankees consider demoting Joba Chamberlain to the minors

  1. Matt_DC says:

    With the Rays & Orioles closing the gap, I consider sending down Nova. At this point I think they need to keep Phelps in the rotation rather than throw him in the 'pen.

  2. tom says:

    Demoting Chamberlain does not help anything because he had mowed down in the minor. Just keep him around for low leverage game or meaningless game.

    I agree with Matt_DC because I think now is the time to use hot and cold approach on pitchers. Send Nova to Billy Connor for studying his pitching and mechanic in Tampa. He really needs a good break from any game, mental-wise. Nova is basically giving up easily on pitch sequence.

    I am not sure whether a sophomore slump or his fastball is a culprit for his "quit" attitude. That is why I want him to visit Billy Connor first. In September, he will be a full time reliever to build innings for next year.

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