Joba Chamberlain is on his way to the rotation. And oh, by the way, the Yankees won a game. Mike Dougherty has the story.
Derek Jeter was back in the lineup a day after getting hit on the hand. This notebook also has news on Chien-Ming Wang and A-Rod.
The Yankees had little choice but to come clean on their plans for Joba last night. Otherwise Joe Girardi would look like a dope for using his set-up man two innings in an eight-run game. Unfortunately, it took the spotlight off Darrell Rasner.
Here’s all he’s done in three starts: 19 14 2 2 2 11.
Rasner looks like this year’s Aaron Small or Shawn Chacon, a guy who comes out of nowhere to provide valuable innings.
One further though on Joba being turned into a starter: It’s a necessary move because of the status of Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte.
I think regardless of what he does this season, 2008 is the final season Mussina spends in pinstripes. He will either retire or play somewhere else.
The Yankees also have to assume Pettitte is done after this season. For two years now he has threated to retire and been sweet-talked back with a giant bag of money. Given how poorly he has pitched recently and self-inflicted turmoil he dealt with all winter, this could be it for him.
The Yankees can’t afford to go into the offseason with Wang and four question marks. They need Chamberlain prepared and ready to go for 2009 as a starter.
Phil Hughes, until proven otherwise, is an injury risk. I personally believe he will prove reliable. But until he does, you can’t assume that. Ian Kennedy also has to prove he can pitch in the majors.
In a way, the Yankees had no choice but to convert Chamberlain.