Joba Chamberlain rehabbing nicely

5 Feb

Yankee pitcher, Joba Chamberlain, has begun rehabbing his surgically repaired arm just a little bit ahead of the expected schedule the team thought he would be on. Chamberlain began throwing off a half mound and reported no unusual discomfort or problems. At this point it appears as though he will be ready earlier than expected which is good news with a twist.

The twist is that the Yankees were realistically expecting an All-Star game time frame for his return rather than a potential return in early May. With the Yankees sitting on a glut of pitchers, the expectation was that they would have a little extra time to move a piece or two before Joba returned to the roster. While no official comment has been issued, the rumor is GM Brian Cashman has been actively shopping starter AJ Burnett to clear space for Phil Hughes in the rotation and Joba in the pen. Supposedly, there have been very early preliminary talks with San Diego about some type of deal involving Chase Headley, but there is no confirmation as to whether or not Burnett is of interest to the Padres brass.



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