Yesterday was the Yankees worst loss of the year, and it fell on the shoulders of Joba Chamberlain who has now struggled in three of his past five appearances.
“You put him back out there in the eighth inning today,” Joe Girardi said. “That’s where you go with it… If you gave up on a guy every time that he had three out of five tough days, you know what, we’d run out of players in a hurry. He’s in a little bit of a funk. He’s going to get out of it.”
Aside from his debut in 2007, there seems to have always been a lot of hype and frustration considerable frustration mixed in with expectations of Chamberlain, but I’m not sure the fan frustration has ever been higher than it is right now. Aside from those three outings, Chamberlain has been dominant this month, but it’s hard to overlook his past two weeks.
“This is my fourth year as a manager and I haven’t been through a year that (relievers haven’t struggled),” Girardi said. “It’s just part of the game. I think a lot of times what happens is, it’s much more glaring when it’s your bullpen than any other facet of the game, especially when you’re leading.”
Here’s Girardi’s pregame session.
• Dave Robertson said he feels fine today, but he’s not available out of the bullpen. “He’s down today,” Girardi said. “Doesn’t feel terrible today, but I won’t use him.”
• Girardi wouldn’t commit to day Jorge Posada will return to the lineup, but he seemed to agree that Posada is fairly close. “I think a lot of it is going to take care of itself when we see him run, which is real close,” Girardi said. As long as Posada is able to run without a limp, Girardi said, a lot of the concern will be gone. They don’t need him to build up speed, only need to know he’s healthy enough to play.
• Posada seemed to think a rehab assignment would not be necessary. “That’s something we would have to talk about,” Girardi said.
• No Robertson in the bullpen today, but Girardi said he doesn’t feel shorthanded. “You’re obviously short on any day if you’re starter doesn’t give you some distance, but I think we’re OK,” he said.
• Why no Francisco Cervelli in the lineup? “We had about a five-hour game yesterday,” Girardi said. “I don’t want to kill this kid. Wednesday he caught all 13 innings and I don’t want to kill him because we’ve got to keep him healthy.”
• If you haven’t seen the video, Kendry Morales was injured yesterday while celebrating a walk-off home run at home plate. “I had never really heard of anyone getting hurt in that situation,” Girardi said. “But I worry now.”
UPDATE, 12:28 p.m.: Indians lineup
Trevor Crowe CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Travis Hafner DH
Austin Kearns LF
Russell Branyan 1B
Jhonny Peralta SS
Luis Valbuena 2B
Lou Marson C
Jason Donald SS
RHP Justin Masterson