Anyway, Joba Chamberlain did some throwing today. He threw 10 pitches on flat ground and then threw 16 off the mound.
Some quotes from Joba:
“Yeah, it really is in the whole realm of things. They fixed what was there, and then Dr. Andrews went ahead and added some extra strength to it. It’s a new arm for me. That’s how I feel. It’s a new year and a whole new chapter of what I would like to accomplish here to help this team.”
When talking about the time frame of his recovery, Chamberlain backed off from his initial statement about his comeback. Now he’s a little more cautious knowing that setbacks can occur.
“Is it realistic? Yes, but also all the other times, do you err on the side of caution and say three or four months? Yeah, because if something does happen, you’ve planned for that and understand that it can’t go perfect every time,” he said. “You have to put that in the back of your mind that there could be something that comes up, but you prepare to be done before that.”
Okay, everyone, cross your fingers. Having Joba back in the bullpen mid-season, at full strength, would be amazing. With their rotation and bullpen, the 2012 Yankees are capable of great things – barring injuries of course.