Joba Chamberlain played catch again today. This time it was 28 throws from 65 feet.
“It was better than yesterday,” he said. “It went good. A few more throws, but it definitely got loose a lot quicker, and it felt a lot easier out of hand. … Iâ€™m throwing a lot better than I expected as far as getting loose and staying loose throughout the whole time playing catch.”
He will not throw today or Monday and is expecting to join the team on the road next week. There is no timetable for a return.
Meanwhile in Tampa, Hideki Matsui is playing for the Single-A Yankees against Clearwater tonight. He grounded out in his first at-bat. You can follow the game here.
Finally, good for Brett Gardner and Dave Robertson. One thing that can be accomplished the rest of this season is figuring out who can play for 2009. The more tough spots they can put the rookies in, the bettter. Both of them stood up today.
But 3-16 RISP, 13 Ks and three more GIDPs does not speak well for the Yankees having much interest in finishing strong. At the rate they’re going, they could be fortunate to finish above .500.