Joe Girardi announced this afternoon that Joba Chamberlain will start Tuesday against Toronto at Yankee Stadium.
UPDATE, 5:23 p.m.: Andy Pettitte will start on Monday. Girardi said the biggest factor was how Chamberlain would fit into the rotation going forward.
The rotation will set up this way for now:
It makes sense in that you have a hard-thrower in Chamberlain before a finesse guy in Mussina. The way the Yankees have it planned out, Joba will be able to pitch every five games for the remainder of the season then reach his innings cap.
UPDATE, 5:27 p.m.: Joba will be limited to 65-70 pitches on Tuesday. He will then move up to 75-80 then 85-90. There are no plans to have him pitch in the minors. Obviously they will have to manage their bullpen carefully to have relievers available on the days he pitches for a few weeks.
Joba seemed enthused about the idea and doesn’t plan to dial back his emotions. “You’re going to see the same person,” he said.
Exciting times if you’re a Yankee fan. This is what you want, a 22-year-old power arm with a chance to be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter down the road.