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Joba hitting his stride as season approaches (now with audio)

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Mar 31, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees confirmed that Joba hit 96 today and was at 95 throughout his start.

“I could feel it out of my hand,” Chamberlain said. “It felt better. There are some when you force it in and there’s others that come out of your hand great. There were some that came out of my hand, the swings misses with the fastball, I hadn’t got many of those in spring training. That’s part of just training your arm in the bullpen.”

Counting the game against Team Canada, Chamberlain threw 20 innings this spring and struck out 20.

His overall line this spring: 20 21 13 13 11 20.

His last three games:

13 12 4 4 6 14.

That’s a 2.77 ERA over the final three games and he has a tune-up appearance on Sunday. Unless you also want him to walk on water, thats pretty good. The Yankees are doing the exact right thing. Put him in the rotation as the No. 5 starter, watch his starts, build up his innings and let him develop. That is what you do with 23-year-olds with that kind of arm.

They’ll give him a 10-day break around the All-Star Game and monitor him closely. If he is honest with the team about how he feels, it should work out well. There will be ups and downs, of course. But at the end, he’ll be that much closer to being a top-tier starter.

UPDATE, 5:26 p.m.: Here’s Joba talking about his start:

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