“He looked great,” Girardi said. “He looked really good to me. I thought the ball came out well. I thought mechanically he was very sound. He didn’t look tentative at all. I thought he looked very good.”
Based on several previous conversations with guys who’ve had Tommy John, it’s easy to be tentative during the rehab process, but I’m not sure “tentative” is Joba’s style. He’s obviously still making good progress, despite the Yankees commitment to remaining patient.
Although newly acquired David Aardsma should be roughly a month behind Chamberlain, Brian Cashman said he’s going to wait until the Yankees have worked with Aardsma for a while before determining just how close he is to helping out at the big league level.
“Once we get him in here, get to know him, start handling the process, we’ll have a better feel over time,” Cashman said. “(Maybe) he’s ahead of schedule. He might be behind schedule. This is more of a long-term effort on our part rather than something that I expect will help us in 2012. Joba I know is going to help us in 2012. (Aardsma) might help us in 2012, but we expect him to help us in 2013 if we want because we control the contract status on him.”