Joba Chamberlain popped a blood vessel in his right thumb during BP. The trainers think he should be able to start tomorrow. But that is why Alfredo Aceves was held out.
UPDATE, 10:39 p.m.: Information is a little sketchy on this as Joba had already left the clubhouse by the time the media had been allowed in. It came up at the end of Joe Girardi’s postgame interview when he was asked why Aceves didn’t relieve Hughes.
According to Girardi, Chamberlain was flipping a ball underhanded during BP when a blood vessel burst in his right thumb. There is no pain, Girardi said. But it’s black and blue. Chamberlain had treatment during the game and trainer Gene Monahan said he should be able to pitch.
With the Yankees, “should be able to pitch” has a funny way of turing into “see you in two weeks.” We’ll see what happens tomorrow.
“I’m ready if they need me,” Aceves said.
The Yankees lead the league in ERA (5.88) and screwy injuries.