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Friday, August 8, 2008

An Over-optimistic Joba Chamberlain

TAMPA, Fla. -- Joba Chamberlain plans to start a throwing program next week and expects to rejoin the New York Yankees' rotation this month. Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday due to rotator cuff tendinitis in his pitching shoulder. The right-hander saw Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, one day after an MRI on the rookie's ailing shoulder.

"I'll be throwing in a week. I'll probably throw the beginning of next week," Chamberlain said Friday when he arrived at the Yankees' spring training complex. "Everything feels fine now."
The 22-year-old was removed from Monday night's start against Texas in the fifth inning with stiffness in his shoulder. He never thought the problem was serious. "No. Not at all," Chamberlain said. "It would have been different if I wasn't still throwing 99 [mph]. It was a different feeling that I never had, so I just wanted to make sure.

MY TAKE ON THIS. Sounds like the kid is over-anxious and could further damage his arm, etc. . We play the Yankees on Aug 26-28 and it looks like he's shooting for that series. I don't know the severity of his injury, but if he was part of OUR kiddie-korps, he would be shutting it down for the remainder of the season. There has been quite a bit of pressure on this kid and he is trying very hard to succeed. Whatever role he plays...starter, set-up or eventually closer, he will be good. He has the makeup of a closer.

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