Joba Chamberlain was pleased with his outing, as was Joe Girardi.
“I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say it’s a sigh of relief,” Joba said. “There’s a sense of urgency to get going. We’re less than a month away now. You understand that’s there work to be done. You need a kick in the rear end every once in a while.”
Two big positives: He threw his slider for strikes and he hit 96. His command and arm strength are coming. The adjustments Dave Eiland made worked well. Joba had to stand taller on the rubber and work on the timing of his front leg. He was wasting energy and out of balance.
“You could see it from the first pitch that it was better,” Girardi said.
Yankees at Lakeland again tomorrow to face the Tigers. Check back in the morning for the lineup.