Joba Chamberlain is sick. It doesn’t sound bad, but the Yankees decided to send him home rather than bring him to the arcade for today’s team outing.
“They said he didn’t look good,” Joe Girardi said. “I think he has flu-like symptoms.”
Chamberlain was supposed to throw a bullpen today, and as long as he’s healthy enough to throw one tomorrow, he’ll stay on track to make his spring debut on Friday.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Girardi said. “If he can’t throw a pen tomorrow, there might be a chance of plans.”
The Yankees have announced their probable pitchers for the first three spring games:
Wednesday, vs. Pittsburgh
Chad Gaudin, Sergio Mitre, Alfredo Aceves, Jonathan Albaladejo, Wilkins Arias, Jason Hirsh, Royce Ring, Amaury Sanit, Zach Segovia
Clearly the most interesting pitching performances will be the three dark-horse rotation candidates, but don’t forget that Albaladejo has made the opening day roster the past two years. He’s in much better shape this spring and looked very good in Triple-A at the end of last season. It will be interesting to see if Ring can put himself in the mix.
Thursday, at Philadelphia
CC Sabathia, Kei Igawa, Zach McAllister, Mark Melancon, Ivan Nova, Romulo Sanchez
After Sabathia, that may very well be fourth-fifths of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rotation. McAllister, Nova and Sanchez could be battling in Triple-A to be the first starter called up if necessary.
Friday, vs. Tampa Bay
Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Jeremy Bleich, Grant Duff, Dustin Moseley, Hector Noesi, Dave Robertson, Kevin Whelan
Hughes vs. Chamberlain begins in Game 3. The other pitchers are listed in the order they were listed in the clubhouse, but Robertson is the only other pitcher who seems especially high on the depth chart. I do wonder, though, if Moseley could make a surprise push for a spot. Whelan and Duff are hard-throwers who could put themselves in the mix for an eventual call-up.
Scheduled opposing pitchers
Pittsburgh: Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, Brian Bass, D.J. Carrasco, Chris Jakubauskas, Steven Jackson*, Jack Taschner, Jean Machi
Philadelphia: Roy Halladay, Kyle Kendrick, Jose Contreras, Drew Carpenter, Sergio Escalona
Tampa Bay: David Price, Heath Rollins, Mike Ekstrom, Jeff Bennett, Jeremy Hellickson, Carlos Hernandez, R.J. Swindle
* Jackson is listed in this article, but he wasn’t on the list posted in the Yankees clubhouse. Maybe he’s traveling but not scheduled to pitch.