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Mussina: Joba can come back

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 07, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees are not giving a timetable on Joba’s return. He’ll rest, get treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and then evaluated again. If cleared, he’ll start a throwing program. How long that program will last isn’t certain.

With several caveats, Joe Girardi said he was confident Chamberlain would be back.

“We’re going to make sure he’s healthy before we put him back out there,” Girardi said. “We’ve watched him all year and we’re not going to change our approach.”

Mike Mussina hasn’t had rotator cuff tendinitis but has had biceps tendinitis. He seemed like a good person to talk to about this.

“To say he’ll come back, that’s not out of the question if that is really what he has. You just have to wait for it to calm down,” he said. “If the word tendinitis is included, it’s not bad.”

At this point, that is the best info we have. Keep in mind what Moose is saying. If that is really what he has, it’s not serious. But virtually every injury a Yankee has suffered this season has proven to be more serious than what the team initially said. Posada, Rodriguez, Bruney, Wang, Hughes, etc.

In April, Jorge Posada was placed on the disabled list with “rotator cuff tendinitis.” The official line then was that rest and rehab would be what he needed. We all know what happened. Up until literally the day before he had his season-ending surgery, Girardi said Posada was improving.

Dr. David Altchek told The Post this week that he knew in April that Posada needed surgery and should have ended his season then.

“My intent was that it was a significant injury and I mentioned that he shouldn’t try,” Altchek said.

So what is the truth this time? We’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully it is not a serious injury because watching Joba pitch is a lot of fun.

UPDATE, 2:08 a.m.: Tyler Kepner of The Times has a good take on the situation on their blog.

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