The Yankees burned through four different relievers last night, and David Phelps pitched an inning and two-thirds on Monday. If the Yankees need multiple innings of relief tonight, guess who’s the most likely candidate…
“I don’t think there’s any easing, my friend,” Joba Chamberlain said. “It’s going to be all go, and that’s the way I want it. I don’t want any — I dare to say — any Joba Rules, but you know I don’t want any of that. I want to be able to just go. I can give them 30 to 40 pitches. I’ve done it three times during this stretch of coming back. Hopefully, whatever the situation arises, whether it’s a couple of hitters, whether it’s an inning or an inning and a third, just to be able to be in the bullpen to help those guys is just something I’m really looking forward to.”
Chamberlain said he had just arrived in Trenton yesterday when Steve Donohue called and told him to turn around. On his way back to New York, Chamberlain made a series of phone calls thanking everyone from Dr. Andrews’ office to the rehab guys in Tampa for helping him get back to the big leagues.
“It’s been a tremendous 14 months in a lot of ways,” he said. “Obviously honored to be able to be back here and help this team, but there’s so much I learned along the way. I think that was the biggest thing. Tell everybody thank you. It feels like I’m doing this all over again. I did it in 2007, telling everybody I made it to the big leagues. To be honest with you, I was more nervous now, today, than I was when I got called up. It’s nice to have those feelings again.”
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