Chamberlain pitched two innings on Saturday and was given two days off to rest. The 21-year-old has been lights out all season, going 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA. In 88.1 innings, he has allowed 62 hits and struck out 135.
His dad is all excited, as well he should be.
It makes sense from a timing standpoint. Roger Clemens is the kind of pitcher you can tell to go six innings and empty the tank. That gives the kid plenty of time to warm up for the seventh. It also would be kind of neat to see the 45-year-old Clemens give way to the next generation.
No word yet on who the Yankees will demote. Jeff Karstens or Jim Brower are the logical candidates. I suspect Karstens gets bumped. Villone and/or Brower can pitch in long relief if needed.