Brian Cashman said that Joba Chamberlain first complained of pain before last night’s game, and the Yankees believe the problem started while Chamberlain was warming up on Tuesday. He apparently felt something in the bullpen then.
“He showed up yesterday at the ballpark early complaining of some mild pain on his right abdomen,” Cashman said. “He treated him yesterday and he wasn’t available for last night’s game.”
Cashman said the strain is “mild” and the Yankees are hopeful that it will take only two weeks.
There is no move yet, but Cashman said there will be a new pitcher on the roster tomorrow.
Clay Rapada, he said, is not an option because they need someone who’s more than a left-on-left specialist. Cashman specifically said he would be willing to bring up someone who’s not on the 40-man roster.
Dave Robertson also saw Dr. Ahmad today and is day-to-day, but not a DL candidate.
UPDATE, 3:39 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez is heading to Tampa on Monday and will begin some early baseball activities, but Cashman said it’s still too early to have a real timetable for Rodriguez’s return.
Also, Mark Teixiera is heading down to Tampa next week.
UPDATE, 3:40 p.m.: Michael Pineda pitched in extended spring training today and was at 93, up to 95 mph. Cashman sounds encouraged.
UPDATE, 3:42 p.m.: Chien-Ming Wang is not a candidate to replace Chamberlain.
UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: Corban Joseph has been optioned to Triple-A to make room for Chris Nelson.