I just came acorss this from Nick Cafardo in the Boston Globe the other day:
A few questions for injured Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain:
I know you’re good friends with Clay Buchholz. Have you had a chance to talk to him recently about his demotion?
JC: “I haven’t, but I will. I spoke to Justin [Masterson] the other day about it. It’s a shame for Clay and I know he must be disappointed, but all you have to do is look at his stuff to know that this is only a temporary setback for him. He’s got nasty, great stuff, and he’s going to figure it out because here’s a guy who’s pitched a no-hitter in the majors already.
“Sometimes as young pitchers, we get ourselves out of our mechanics and we have to be reminded of things. It’s a constant process of making one adjustment after another. I’ve had to do it myself. Now I’m trying to come back from this shoulder thing.”
Are you pleased about the way your rehab is going?
JC: “I’m getting excited. I’ve been able to throw off flat ground without any discomfort. Throwing fastballs and changeups right now, and I feel it’s coming along, so I hope it won’t be too much longer.”
What’s with the exchanges between you and Kevin Youkilis?
JC: “Nothing on my part. I’ve never said a word to him. I guess it’s just one of those things.”
I know you’ve always idolized Roger Clemens. Have you had a chance to speak to him recently?
JC: “Not recently, but we keep in touch. He’s helped me so much with my pitching and the thought process of pitching, it’s unbelievable. I’d be crazy not to listen to a guy with those credentials who’s one of the greatest pitchers ever. He taught me a lot when he was in this clubhouse. I remember talking to his sister out in Hawaii and I’ll never forget she said to me that I reminded her of a young Roger. I was so flattered by that. Got a long way to go before I’m ever that. But it’s nice to hear.”
Chamberlain is good friends with Clay Buchholz? He also talks with Justin Masterson? Well, you could knock me over with a feather after learning this…