I got an email from Chad last night with some fresh Joba quotes as per Mike Ashmore, who covers the Trenton Thunder. You can find some video of Joba pitching on his blog, Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts. After another outing in which he did not allow a run (1.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K, 30 pitches, 23 strikes), used all four of his pitches, and hit 98 mph on Sunday, he made it clear that he feels he’s ready for the next level.
“Without a doubt,” Chamberlain said. “Obviously the physical part is over, now it’s the mental part. That’s the hardest thing. Obviously, knowing that I could throw everything with conviction was the least of my concerns. Now it’s just getting in the pace of the game, and getting in the flow, and having an idea of what you want to do from pitch to pitch. Not looking back an inning later after you’ve given up a couple hits and realizing what you did.
“If you’re late with your arm, correcting it during that at-bat and not having to wait. I think that’s the biggest thing that we’ve done and I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job. I have out pitches I can go to if my fastball’s been missing to get me back out front and go from there. So, without a doubt in my mind, I feel like I can go get guys out right now and help us in the big leagues.”
It seems like Joba’s stuff is back for the most part. He’s had high radar gun readings in each of his rehab appearances, and the results have been very encouraging. He knows his time is coming, and he sounds like he’s eager to prove that he still has it.
Joe Girardi acknowledged that Joba has to be on the big league roster by August 6, but the Yankees might be tempted to bring him up before then. Of course, Girardi didn’t want to give too much away about what they’re thinking.
“I think as a player it’s important to take it day-by-day,” Girardi said on Sunday. “There is a finish – there is a 30-day period. He knew of that, and we’re aware of that. You don’t want to rush a player… And Joba you have to remember hasn’t pitched in awhile. He hasn’t pitched in really over a year at this level, so we have to make sure that he’s prepared.”
Photo from Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts blog