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Joba to play catch; Godzilla running

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Aug 11, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This from the AP in Tampa:

Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to start a throwing program Wednesday as part of his rehab for his injured shoulder.

Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list last Wednesday due to rotator cuff tendinitis in his pitching shoulder.

“Play catch and just go from there,” Chamberlain said Monday.

The 22-year-old was removed from his start Aug. 2 against Texas in the fifth inning with stiffness in his shoulder. He expects to rejoin the Yankees’ rotation before the end of the month.

Chamberlain is 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 32 games, including 12 starts.

Also, DH Hideki Matsui ran the bases for the first time since being sidelined in late June by a left knee injury. He could start playing in minor league rehab games soon.

“If everything goes well, I think in a couple days,” Matsui said through a translator. “I feel like I’ve been making good progress every day. Taking a good step forward each time.”

Matsui has appeared in 69 games this season, hitting .323 with seven homers and 34 RBIs.

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