Yankees put Joba Chamberlain on the DL with an oblique strain, and other injury updates


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.

• Brian Cashman said that Alex Rodriguez will begin baseball activities on May 6 for the first time since his hip surgery. Up to this point he’s been limited to running on a treadmill.

• Mark Teixeira has finally begun hitting in the batting cages. The Yankees, thankfully, are taking his rehab very slowly to avoid a setback. It seems doubtful that he’ll be back before June.

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.

• Minor league outfielder Thomas Neal, out with a hamstring injury, has begun to take batting practice. It would be nice to have another non-Ben Francisco option.

• Buy Yankees tickets through BBD if you are looking to see the Yankees take on the Athletics this weekend.

About Rob Abruzzese

Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.

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3 Responses to Yankees put Joba Chamberlain on the DL with an oblique strain, and other injury updates

  1. mjinco says:

    any clue about Omar Luis Rodriguez and Manolo Reyes……Yanks signed both to BIG TIME BONUSes

    • Yeah, the Yankees gave Rodriguez a $4 million deal, the largest for an amateur IFA in the team's history, and $600K to Reyes so they shelled out a lot of dough. Unfortunately, the last I heard from either of them was that they were held up with visa issues. I might have missed something since, but I think that's where we still are with them. If you remember with Rafael DePaula, sometimes these things can take a long time to sort out.

  2. mjinco says:

    I had a feeling thats where it still is. Too bad im still excited to see what they can both do stateside

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