The Yankees announced today that they have placed Joba Chamberlain on the disabled list after he suffered a strained oblique while warming up Tuesday.
No word yet on whom they’ll call up to replace Joba, but Brian Cashman later told reporters that it won’t be either Clay Rapada or Chien-Ming Wang. Since the Yankees don’t play tonight they don’t have to make an official move until tomorrow.
Oblique injuries can be tricky. The Yankees have called it mild and it sounds like he could be back when the 15-days are up, but if you remember back to last season David Robertson had one that lingered for a while and even once he came back he wasn’t 100 percent for quite some time. For all of the times Joba has been hurt, he’s always bounced back quickly so hopefully this will be another example of that.
After an initial rough few appearances to start the season, Joba has had a 0.00 ERA, struck out three, but walked none over 6.2 innings. A small stretch, but a good one where he located a lively fastball and featured a good curveball.
• It sounds like the Yankees will be without both of their setup men for the next few days as David Robertson is day-to-day with a hamstring issue. No DL for him which is good though. He had a MRI which came back clean.
• Michael Pineda has begun pitching in extended spring training games. That doesn’t start his 30-day rehab clock though. Brian Cashman told reporters that he pitched in the 93-95 mph range, a great sign.
• Curtis Granderson is playing in extended spring training games. Rain cut his day short, but at least he got two at bats in. It sounds like he’ll definitely be back before June. Just not sure how soon yet.
• Chien-Ming Wang could have opted-out of his contract with the Yankees yesterday because they didn’t put him on the major league roster, but he choose to stay with the team. That’s a great sign. It’s too early to get excited by his progress, but if he keeps it up they will eventually be forced to use him. There is likely another opt-out date in his contract, but we don’t know when exactly that will be.
• Jose Campos told reporters that what he was dealing with last year was a small fracture in his elbow. He admits that he is not at 100 percent yet either which is actually a good sign considering his poor results so far this season.
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