Joba Chamberlain’s rehab from Tommy John surgery continues, and today he used his Twitter account to announce that he’s throwing off flat ground with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
Had an amazing day, threw a flat ground with Larry and felt great! Thanks for all the support!
Still hard to imagine Chamberlain being ready for the start of the season, but all indications are that the rehab process is going smoothly.
Some other notes and links…
• I had a press conference and a beat writers meeting at Yankee Stadium this week, each of which provided an opportunity to see the current state of the field. It’s kind of in between baseball and football right now, with the infield being installed for the upcoming season. That’s my cell phone photo on the right.
• Chamberlain isn’t the only Yankee using social media to talk about his offseason workouts. Russell Martin tweeted a picture of himself in the cage in Arizona. I talked to Yankees strength and conditioning coordinator Dana Cavalea this week, and he said he’s about to make the rounds to check in on a few guys — including Martin — before spring training.
• A released statement from Hiroki Kuroda: “I feel happy to be a part of such a storied franchise, which is always in contention for a World Series. I am also very proud to be a part of this current team, which boasts so many great players. As a member of the Yankees, I would like to do my part by doing the best I can throughout the season. I hope that I can make a difference in achieving the team’s ultimate goal, which is to win the World Series.”
• Speaking of Kuroda, Ken Rosenthal reports that he has a full no-trade clause.
• Although Brian Cashman says the Yankees are focused on the trade market, the New York Post reports that the team has some interest in Raul Ibanez as a potential designated hitter, at least as the left-handed side of a platoon.
• While the Yankees still have a spot for another backup infielder, Ryan Theriot came off the market with a one-year, $1.25-million deal with the Giants. Theriot wouldn’t have been a perfect fit for the Yankees — they don’t really need his up-the-middle defense — but he does help further set the market for backup infielders.
• Speaking of utility infielders, the Rays made their Jeff Keppinger signing official today. To make room on their 40-man roster, the team designated Russ Canzler for assignment. I don’t want to oversell him — he’s almost 26 and was never considered an elite prospect — but Canzler would be an interesting fit for the Yankees. He’s kind of a Brandon Laird type, a four-corners utility guy who, unlike Laird, had a tremendous Triple-A debut last season (his .314/.401/.530 slash line is more incredible given the league he was in). Given the Yankees search for a corner infielder and their need for outfield depth, claiming Canzler might not be the worst idea in the world.