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Will Joba Chamberlain return?

Wednesday, August 20th 2008, 4:00 AM
TORONTO - Joba Chamberlain hopes to be pitching for the Yankees within the next two weeks, but Joe Girardi isn't ready to declare that a possibility just yet. Chamberlain played catch Tuesday, the second consecutive day he has tested his injured right shoulder on the field. He made 20 throws at 70 feet, 20 more at 90 feet, then, after a three-minute break, made 20 final throws at 75feet. "It gets loose, it gets going; it feels a lot better than it has," Chamberlain said, estimating his throwing at 80-85%.

If all goes well, Chamberlain will throw off a mound in Baltimore on Saturday. "We'll see how he feels on Sunday morning, then we'll go from there," Girardi said. "We have to see how he feels after each step." Pressed for details on what Chamberlain's next step would be after Saturday, Girardi got testy. "We don't have a date," Girardi said. "When he's ready, he's ready. I'm not getting too far ahead." Chamberlain was more than happy to look into the future, saying he believed he could be back Sept. 1.

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