Joba Chamberlain was expected to be out much of, if not all of, this year after a trampoline accident which was considered life-threatening.
Monday, though, he edged closer to getting into game action. ESPN New York:
The New York Yankees reliever said he is scheduled to throw in a simulated game on Friday. Chamberlain threw a pair of 20-pitch segments Monday during his third batting practice session at the team’s minor league complex.
Chamberlain also took part in defensive drills, with New York manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild watching. The Yankees are in Florida for a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Yankees aren’t rushing Chamberlain, but at the same time, they could use some bullpen help after a ninth-inning meltdown against the White Sox last Thursday. If Chamberlain is healthy, he could be pitching in minor-league games soon.