From Newsday -
Yankees manager Joe Torre said yesterday he is planning to pitch Joba Chamberlain in back-to-back games for the first time this week in preparation for the playoffs.
Torre also voiced the thought that Chamberlain might be a reliever in the future, the first time a member of the Yankees’ braintrust has veered from the party line that says Chamberlain will be a starter in 2008.
“Mariano [Rivera] was a starter,” Torre said. “He turned into a setup man, then a reliever. Whatever the organization can visualize [Chamberlain] as, there’s no question about it, he certainly has given the organization something to chew on with what he has done here so far.”
With Rivera a free agent at the end of the season, the Yankees will have to at least entertain the thought of moving on without him, although that seems unfathomable. Chamberlain picked up his first big-league save on Sunday while subbing for Rivera, who had pitched three of the previous four days.
Of course, Torre will be a free agent, too, after the season, so it may not be up to him.
Torre being Torre.