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Joba to return tonight

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 19, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Word here at Camden Yards is that Joba Chamberlain will rejoin the team in time for tonight’s game against the Orioles.

He has not pitched since April 10 but did throw to a catcher twice while he was in Nebraska attending to his father.

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82 Responses to “Joba to return tonight”

  1. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 19th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Best news all week.

  2. Joe from Long Island April 19th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I hope this means that Harlan is doing much better.

  3. Kill-Schill(ing) April 19th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Yippie!!! Hey Rebecca, we found something to agree about today. You know I still love you, even when we don’t.

    George King is also reporting that Posada will play 1B against lefty Burres and that Molina will return to catch.

  4. Joe from Long Island April 19th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Next question – Who gets sent down? Edwar? Moeller? With Krazy Kyle still available, it would seem that Edwar is odd-man out. Plus, he went a couple of innings last night. We’ll see how ready Joba is for playing, both physically and mentally.

  5. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 19th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    It’s Joba Time ! :wicked:

  6. S.A.-Phil Hughes is Saved and Joba will be a starter April 19th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Great news!

  7. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, Chasing Greatness! April 19th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Great news that Mr. Chamberlain is doing better and that Joba is back into the fold. It must be a load off of Joba’s mind now, knowing that his father is feeling much better. Knowing that a loved one is recovering well gives you a much-needed peace of mind.

  8. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 19th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    over excited

    IT’S JOBA TIME ! :twisted:

  9. The New York Yankees April 19th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Hope he won’t be wild.

  10. Sterling Steiner April 19th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Hellz freakin’ yeah

  11. Alex Being Alex April 19th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Yeah Probably Edwar will get sent down…..WOOOOOOO JOBAS BACK

  12. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 19th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    no one gets sent down if Farnsy serves suspension

  13. Felix April 19th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Rumours whirling that Jorge is to play first tonight…Any truth to that Pete??? Anyone!
    If so that god Giambi is really started to chomp…..

  14. Felix April 19th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    If so thank god,

  15. YankeeJosh April 19th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Kill Schill,

    I’d like to see more of Ensberg at First base, but would have no problem if Posada starts there. He’s played there before (up to 12 games in 2000 according to baseball reference) and can at least hit. Jorge had first lets you put Damon in Left and Matsui as DH.

    I know Danon is struggling, but he put together a good second half last year and is a better Left fielder than Matsui. I’m willing to give him time to find himself.

    I’m not as sure with Giambi. He hasn’t shown the ability to hit to the opposite field, he clogs up the bases and the line-up and is terrible defensively. Even when he’s “on, he’s not the ideal player.

    Moeller has to stay as long as Jorge can’t catch. Molina deserves the bulk of the playing time though between those two.

  16. SomeGuy32 April 19th, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Farnsworth’s eventual suspension costs the Yanks a 25-man roster spot (since it was an on-the-field related suspension – as opposed to an off-the-field drug related one)

    Yanks will have to make both a 25-man and 40-man move….

  17. pat April 19th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    They will play with a 24 man roster for however long he’s suspended.

  18. Felix April 19th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Is there some way we can get Giambi suspended
    Hmmmm?

  19. T.J. April 19th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Getting ready to go down to the game, maybe I will see Peter there, let’s go Yanks and beat the O’s.

  20. Travis G. April 19th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    wont alby be sent down? or was he sent down to get Edwar?

  21. JR Yankees April 19th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Good to hear Joba’s back. Just having him sitting idly in the bullpen is a weapon. The opponent knows if they don’t have the lead after the 6th or 7th…game most likely over.

    On the other hand, if Joba is back, it is a good indication that Harlan is significantly better.

  22. Jaewon April 19th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Posada at 1st??!!

    Nice. . .

  23. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 19th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    CB was right about Giambi there’s no way this is about him getting a day off there is concern now if he can ever produce the way he did before.

  24. Little Chip April 19th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Why is Giambi even in the lineup? He is a liability. We win more games without him.

  25. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 19th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Do we know about Posada at 1st for sure?

  26. SJ44 April 19th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    If Posada is at first, then it makes no sense to keep Ensberg around.

    He was supposed to be a RH bat against lefties.

    If he is not going to play, then call up Shelley Duncan.

    Seems to me, on a team in which the starting first baseman is hitting .130, it makes no sense having a guy hitting .500 in Scranton wasting his hits at the AAA level.

    I guess Ensberg’s HR and single the other night didn’t do enough the other night to warrant more PT.

  27. Motown Yankees Fan April 19th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Travis – they sent Alby down for Edwar. I’m sure Edwar gets the boot today. But thanks for the two plus innings.

  28. Kill-Schill(ing) April 19th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I’m going to try to convince the Giambi detractors to grant him a bit more time before rendering judgment.

    Don’t forget before he tore his plantar last year in May, Giambi hit .322 with a .380 OBA, a .816 OPS, and had 7 HRs.

    If he’s healthy, Giambi will hit this year as well.

  29. Rob NY April 19th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Yeah, frankly Bam Bam Duncan is down at AAA absolutely raking and Giambi is showing daily that he is closer to retirement than 2001. I cant see why you let a perfectly viable well hitting first baseman sit in the minors when that position is a point of weakness for your team.

    On a side note, how about Jesus Montero being a beast? Gotta love the upside he is showing. And how old is he again? 18?

  30. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, Chasing Greatness! April 19th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    There comes a time when you’re just not able to produce anymore. Giambi obviously isn’t hitting at all, and he isn’t having many good at-bats either. At least in the past when he was slumping he still seemed to be seeing the ball well, but it doesn’t look he is seeing it well at all now.

    It’s reaching a point where it is a real detriment to have him in the lineup. Father Time seems to be catching up to him. It’s not easy to have to bench a former star, but it’s an issue that the Yankees will probably have to address. The Toronto Blue Jays are benching Frank Thomas, who is 4 for his last 35. John Gibbons had no other choice, much like Girardi is about to have no other alternative but to bench Giambi. Something has to be done about Jason Giambi.

  31. Kill-Schill(ing) April 19th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Geirge King III reported Posada at first, and if The NYP reported it, well then, how could the report be anything other than infallibly true?

  32. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, Chasing Greatness! April 19th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Kill-Schill, I hope that you are ultimately right, but so far I am not seeing any improvements or any signs of life from Giambi. It’s reaching the point to where the issue must be addressed. But I do hope that he is able to turn it around and contribute, no doubt about that.

  33. Jax April 19th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t expect to see much production out of a 38 y/o Giambi.

  34. Kill-Schill(ing) April 19th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Giambi looked dreadful in the beginning of ’05, as well, as we can recall. That was the year the Yankees wanted to demote him.

    A guy with Giambi’s eye and plate discipline should hit eventually. Those are strengths that don’t regress with age. Usually, when a player who possesses them, fails to exhibit them, it’s because he’s pressing.

    Giambi crushed the ball in Boston a number of time, and against pitchers other than Timlin; the balls just didn’t fall anywhere.

    Then again, I just like the guy. I cotton to the pariahs.

  35. SJ44 April 19th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    If you take Mike Timlin out of the equation, I believe Giambi has 2 hits all season. Two.

    If the offense was humming? You give him more time.

    If he had a good glove at first? You give him more time.

    If you didn’t have a better alternative on the bench and in AAA? You give him more time.

    Unfortunately for the Big G, the offense isn’t humming, he can’t play first base, and there is a better alternative on the bench (Ensberg) and in AAA (Duncan).

    Its getting to the point where he is going to be a VERY expensive part-time player unless he starts hitting.

    Here is what bothers me about Jason. All spring, Girardi and Long emphasized to him he has to use the entire field in his hitting approach. He seemed to buy into it because he used the entire field hitting in the spring and swung the bat very well.

    The season starts, he’s pulling everything and he can’t hit .200.

    At some point, Joe Girardi, who has no loyalty to Jason Giambi, is just going to have to move on without him in the everyday lineup unless he changes his ways at the plate.

  36. Fran April 19th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Really glad that Joba is back. Must mean his dad is doing better which is great.

    If Posada can play first against lefties, then what is Ensberg’s role?

  37. pat April 19th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Can’t get rid of Ensberg yet unless Gonzalez/Cano can handle 2nd and 3rd.

  38. miggs April 19th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Everyone is getting all worked up about a “rumor” that Felix spread about Posada playing first tonight. It seems like a bit of a head-scratcher to me, but why bother getting upset about it until we actually see the lineup?

  39. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, Chasing Greatness! April 19th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Another thing that everyone must remember is to NOT look at the player that Giambi was in his prime. We get too caught up in names and what the player has done historically. Look at what Giambi is now and what little he has done so far this season. As SJ44 said, the only success that he has had this year is off of Mike Timlin, someone else who is nearing the end of the line. Shelley Duncan and/or Morgan Ensberg is waiting in the wings, it’s time to see what they bring to the table. Rest assured, either one will bring better defense and better than a .116 batting average.

  40. SJ44 April 19th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Pat,

    Agreed. He has to play though. He swung the bat well enough the other night to warrant another start against a lefty, IMO.

    Hopefully, he doesn’t get buried on the bench for another week or two.

  41. pat April 19th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    From Star Ledger

    The lineup:
    Damon lf, Cabrera cf, Jeter ss , Rodriguez 3b, Posada 1b, Matsui rf, Ensberg 3b, Cano 2b, Molina c, Kennedy p.

  42. pat April 19th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    A-Rod and Morgan at 3rd. The reverse shift.

  43. Buddy Biancalana April 19th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Kill Schill-

    I agree with you about Giambino, it’s still plenty early. Ortiz has struggled pretty badly as well until yesterday.

  44. Joe from Long Island April 19th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Pat – Thanks, but I’m assuming that Ensberg is DH.

    Interesting that Joe’s sitting Abreu against the lefty instead of Matsui.

  45. miggs April 19th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    No Abreu? I don’t get it. Abreu has played over 150 games every year since 98-99. He averages over 100 runs scored, 100 walks, 100 rbis, 25-30 stolen bases. He’s an OPS machine. Why is this his second day off in less than a week? Usually I don’t complain about the lineup but this is getting insane. With how our team is hitting Abreu has to be in there. Also, who’s the DH?

  46. stevehoweyoudoin April 19th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    ensberg in rf?

  47. miggs April 19th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    *OBP not OPS sorry

  48. Fran April 19th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I think that Alex may be the DH with Ensberg playing 3rd base. If Ensberg were the DH, he could just start at 1st and Posada could DH. Alex is the only player without a day off and DH is like a 1/2 day off.

  49. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 19th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    I’m betting Ensberg at 3B and Alex the DH, he might get a day of rest.

  50. stevehoweyoudoin April 19th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Dh …sorry

  51. Larry Mahnken April 19th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Lineups being posted right now:

    LF Damon
    CF Cabrera
    SS Jeter
    DH Rodriguez
    1B Posada
    RF Matsui
    3B Ensberg
    2B Cano
    C Molina

    P Kennedy

  52. Larry Mahnken April 19th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    (I’m at the park doing Gameday for MLB.com)

  53. Kill-Schill(ing) April 19th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    I don’t object to playing Ensberg or Duncan against a lefty but before I’d bench Giambi, I’d wait until May 1 or he accumulate 100 At-bats before making a definitive evaluation.

    Kevin Long, in an interview with Kim Jones this week, said that he thought Giambi swung the bat very well recently. The ball just wasn’t falling.

  54. stuart April 19th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I think Duncan cannot come up for 15 days!!!!I think he has a few days left on that, I may be worng but when you are sent down do you need to be down for a certain mininum amount of days.

    I like the team, I think they wll be in good shape. again the bench is better theyn yrs; molina, ag, duncan, etc.

    the pen is much improved.

    the hitting will be fine, I like what I see from Melky obviosuly, Damon, giambi, and Cano have been terrible early in the yr.

    Arod 1 for 15 with RISP.. they are hitting like 200 with RISP as a team!!!!!!!That will not last…

    Hughes to me looked good until the 6th, he will be alright he is a special guy, give it some time….

  55. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 19th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    not everyone will tell the truth KS, fact is Giambi has stunk this year, if not for Mike Timlin his BA would look like 2 cheerios in a breakfast bowl. You can’t not be concerned w/ him and Johnny Damon.

  56. Kill-Schill(ing) April 19th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Gee, I hope Girardi DHd A-Rod to give him a partial day off and not because he’s hurting in any way.

    There you go SJ: Ensberg’s in the lineup. His OPS against Lefties is excellent, if I recall.

  57. miggs April 19th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Anyone think the Yankees already have that $5MM buyout check for Giambi’s 2009 option already printed?

    I bet they can’t wait to hand him that.

  58. Joe from Long Island April 19th, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Ensberg at 3rd…

    I wonder if this is partly to check out his D, in preparation for rumored deal of Betemint to Pittsburgh, to take over for their 3B Battista? Do ya think Marte could be made part of that deal? Stranger thing have happened.

  59. pat April 19th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Have the Yanks used the same line-up twice so far?

  60. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 19th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    7 game winning streak….starts TONIGHT ! :-)

  61. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 April 19th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Larry: Thanks for the line-up!

    I am very, very intrigued to see what it does tonight, but I like that Joe Girardi is very, very not afraid to shake it up.

  62. Larry Mahnken April 19th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    A-Rod was doing some agility drills down the left field line about 15 minutes ago, so I think it’s a safe bet he’s not injured. They probably just wanted to get a bunch of righties in the lineup.

  63. frits April 19th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    posada at 1B? love it…

  64. zellyanks91 April 19th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Very good to hear Joba is coming back. Crazy lineup. haha

    Kevin

  65. Fran April 19th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    Larry – Thanks for the update about Alex

  66. Buddy Biancalana April 19th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Larry-

    Thanks!

    Sounds like a pretty cool job you have/

    Rebecca-

    How’s the thesis coming along?

  67. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, Chasing Greatness! April 19th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Girardi’s probably just trying to rotate the DH spot like Torre used to do. That’s a good idea, especially in the midst of what will be a long string of games.

  68. Larry Mahnken April 19th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    “Sounds like a pretty cool job you have”

    Coolest job in the world. This is the view I have (better than Peter, who sits on the third base side of the box):

    Link

    Game notes still have Joba on the bereavement list. I guess they might change that just before the game. Which would make my job a little harder…

  69. Jet Li April 19th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    One-game winning streak, starting tonight. Go Yankeeeeees!

  70. cw April 19th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Tigers lost
    Wooohooo.

  71. Buddy Biancalana April 19th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    Larry-

    Wow what a view, I’m so jealous. Do you work in Camden Yards only or follow a particular team?

  72. Hellboy April 19th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    “(I’m at the park doing Gameday for MLB.com)”

    So you’re that drunk guy who’s so slow in the Gameday updates.

  73. Larry Mahnken April 19th, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I work for Major League Baseball Advanced Media (the entity behind MLB.com). I and four others work all the games in Camden Yards and Nationals Park (we split up the schedule between us, though we switch around all the time). Being the only Yankees fan in the group, I have almost all the Yankees games.

    We enter the pitch-by-pitch and play-by-play that gets used by Gameday (and is also what ESPN.com is using when they have those live updates on Baseball Tonight), and is used for the stats by all the teams. If you want to get an idea of what we do, download some of the game logs from Retrosheet — the Project Scoresheet system that Bill James created and they use there is almost identical to the one we use here.

    It’s an awesome job. I can’t miss a pitch, and it can get really hot in Baltimore, where there’s an open press box, but it’s free baseball. Well, I actually get paid for it, so it’s even better than that. I was working the 30-3 game here last year, so I’ve already got a memory to take with me.

    Next time you see job postings for Stats Stringers for MLBAM (on Monster.com, I think), that’s what it is. Great, great job.

  74. chazzh April 19th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Stuart-

    actually it is 10 days that he can’t be recalled for- which should expire on this coming Thursday. However, if someone is injured he could be recalled earlier.

    I say- if Posada can’t catch- DL him and get him healthy- this playing him at DH/1B isn’t getting him healthy. It is a long year- sit him down- bring up duncan and start playing him. Maybe that will shake Giambi up.

    also, when they shift on Giambi like they do- he has to start taking advantage of that. If he had 8 HRs already or was hitting 350 anyway- they by all means, keep hitting into the shift. When you are hitting 120- you take what they give you. Hit a groundball to third and take the single/double. Maybe if you do that twice a game- and start hitting .500 for a week or two versus the shift- they will stop doing it and then those hot shots to the hole at second will be hits instead of groundballs to the short fielder in right.

    this is my ultimate pet peeve right now. Makes no sense.

  75. Hellboy April 19th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I see. The cup is already empty.

  76. Larry Mahnken April 19th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    “So you’re that drunk guy who’s so slow in the Gameday updates.”

    I’m not drunk. I only drink Coke up here.

    If we’re waiting on the Official Scorer, we can’t enter the play (I think they should change that, but so far no luck). If there’s a lot of assists on the play, we need to make sure we have them all and have them right. And sometimes we make an error that needs to be corrected immediately (wrong pitch or something), so we have to disconnect and score on paper, then reconnect and catch up after we fix the error.

    I like to think I’m pretty good at this, and you usually only have to wait 3 second after the pitch for the data to show up (the internet lag time). I do make dumb mistakes sometimes, though.

  77. V April 19th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    “There comes a time when you’re just not able to produce anymore. Giambi obviously isn’t hitting at all, and he isn’t having many good at-bats either. At least in the past when he was slumping he still seemed to be seeing the ball well, but it doesn’t look he is seeing it well at all now. ”

    I disagree – he’s SEEING the ball fine. He’s just fouling off way too many good pitches. I have to wonder if his bat has slowed down.

  78. Larry Mahnken April 19th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Peter’s typing away right now, could be a blog update in a moment.

  79. Alan April 19th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    If Molina is OK to catch and Jorge is being phased back in the lineup, why isn’t Moeller being sent down and replaced by Shelley ? This is baffling.

  80. Buddy Biancalana April 19th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Larry-

    I have seen those job postings through mlb.com & some are available right now, perhaps when I retire it could be another great source of income.

    Thanks for all the info & I read your blog all the time.

  81. V April 19th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    “If Molina is OK to catch and Jorge is being phased back in the lineup, why isn’t Moeller being sent down and replaced by Shelley ? This is baffling.”

    I think they want to make sure Molina’s fine by playing him. Moeller’s as good as gone if they option him down – he’ll probably be taken off waivers.

  82. J-Dawg--Veintisiete en '08, Chasing Greatness! April 19th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    V- You disagree with me, fair enough. I just hope that Giambi gets it together, whatever the case may be.

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