Joba Chamberlain has arrived at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, and according to the reporters who are already down there, Chamberlain looks a little bigger than last season.
Of course, bigger isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Chamberlain said he’s added gym to his house and added some muscle to his frame. He’s always been a big guy — he was big when I met him in 2007, and he was big when I covered him in 2010 — and whether a slightly bigger, stronger version will be a better version remains to be seen. Right now all we know is he’s in Tampa, and he’ll be in the Yankees bullpen.
Chamberlain said he “knew the discussion would happen” regarding a move back to the rotation, but he’s confident he’ll be back in the bullpen.
• Russell Martin did some squatting today and seemed to come through it with no problems.
• Speaking of catchers, Francisco Cervelli was in Tampa this morning and said he’s still working toward making himself a starting catcher. People always talk about competition being used as motivation. That certainly seems to be the case with Martin, Cervelli and Jesus Montero. We haven’t heard from Austin Romine yet, but I’m betting he’s also ready to prove himself. It’s an interesting situation.
• Cervelli also took some grounders at third. Yesterday, Martin was taking some infield grounders as well. Not especially unusual.
Associated Press photo of Chamberlain, and no it’s not from today