Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees reacts to the action against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
The new "Joba Rule" could have him in the minor leagues for a few days to work out his current pitching woes.
The story of the comeback of Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain was inspirational. Tommy John surgery. Freak ankle injury that was nearly life-threatening. Then hard work to come back many months earlier than expected, a dominant rehab assignment, and then...
Thud. Chamberlain has been pretty bad in seven appearances for the Yankees; in 6⅔ innings he's allowed 15 hits and four walks for a ghastly 2.85 WHIP. Thus, this rumor should come as no surprise:
With CC Sabathia due back from the disabled list on Friday, the Yankees will have to make a roster move to open a spot for their returning ace. According to a source, the team is considering a demotion for Chamberlain, who has struggled badly in his seven appearances.
Chamberlain has minor-league options left, so the Yankees could send him down for 10 days to let him work out the kinks, then bring him back when the minor-league season ends and big-league rosters expand in September.
This makes sense, and because MLB rules allow replacement of injured players for the postseason with others currently on the 40-man roster, Joba could still wind up on the Yankees' playoff roster.